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Thousands in Buenos Aires Rally to Demand Justice for Argentine Prosecutor’s Death

A march was held Wednesday night to honor Alberto Nisman, a lawyer who accused the government of conspiracy before his untimely death.

In Buenos Aires, about a quarter of a million Argentines marched in the rain Wednesday night to honor the life of Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor who was found dead in his apartment last month.

Nisman’s death shook the country and the world in late January due to the controversy surrounding whether his death was a suicide, as the official autopsy determined, or an assassination. Leading up to his death, Nisman was working on finding and convicting the perpetrators behind Argentina’s 1994 Jewish community center bombing, which was the deadliest terrorist attack in the country’s history. As his investigation developed, Nisman accused Argentina’s government of covering up Iran’s involvement in the bombing, a conspiracy that affected high-level officials and even President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.


“The president and her foreign minister took the criminal decision to fabricate Iran’s innocence to sate Argentina’s commercial, political and geopolitical interests,” Nisman said, according to the Associated Press.

The prosecutor was scheduled to appear in front of a Congressional hearing on January 19th to report his findings, which included evidence from wire tapes that would damn the government. However, the night before the hearing, he was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound to the head. While the autopsy ruled that his death was suicide, Nisman’s family and close associates have spoken out against the findings, saying that he would never take his own life and that he was eager to see his case against the government develop. They are not alone in their convictions, as the Wall Street Journal reported that nearly 70 percent of Argentina’s population believes that Nisman’s death was an assassination, and 82 percent thought his allegations against government officials was credible, according to an Ipsos poll.

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“Understand: They killed a prosecutor, someone who investigated the most important massacre our country suffered,” Laura Ghercovich, a 43-year-old lawyer, told the Wall Street Journal. “Here there is no law. We are not a republic. This can’t happen. I have two young kids. What’s in store for their future?”

The march took place through Avenida de Mayo, one of Buenos Aires’s most iconic streets, and was organized by six fellow prosecutors as well as Nisman’s family, according to CNN. The prosecutor who has replaced Nisman formally filed charges against the government last week.

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