Prosecutor who accused Argentinian President Kirchner of coverup found dead

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  Jan. 19, 2015 at 7:31 AM
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BUENOS AIRES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead at his home less than a week after accusing President Cristina Kirchner of a coverup.

Nisman's body was found late Sunday by his mother. He was to appear in a congressional committee hearing on Monday to present evidence against President Kirchner.

Nisman, 51, claimed President Kirchner wanted favorable trade relations with Iran, so she ordered immunity to Iranian suspects accused of the 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Jewish center in which 85 people died.

President Kirchner's spokesman said the allegations were "ridiculous."

Iran was accused in 2007 by Argentinian prosecutors of planning and financing the bombing and also accused Hezbollah of executing the attack. There have been no convictions in connection with the bombing.

There are unconfirmed reports Nisman committed suicide.

Nisman was appointed 10 year's ago by former President Néstor Kirchner, President Cristina Kirchner's late husband.

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