AMIA Jewish center bombing special prosecutor found dead

Marcy Oster

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead hours before he was to reveal details about his accusations against the Argentinian government and the AMIA Jewish center bombing case.

Nisman, 51, was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment in the Buenos Aires City neighborhood of Puerto Madero early Monday morning.

The AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found death today early in the morning at 3 am twelve hours before his closed meeting with lawmakers. Nisman was scheduled to attend a closed-door meeting with congressional lawmakers, in which we was expected to reveal the details of his allegations against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman for their alleged cover up the role of Iran in the 1994 AMIA bombing attack, which killed 85 and injured hundreds.

According the prosecutor’s accusations, contained in a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, Fernandez covered up for former Iranian officials accused of being involved in the attack. Timerman, who is Jewish, also was named in the lawsuit, which seeks a freeze on Kirchner’s assets.

Nisman was found dead from a gunshot wound from a 22-caliber pistol. No other details have been revealed.