WASHINGTON: Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner and her top diplomat did not benefit from the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who accused them of covering up a probe into the country’s worst terror strike, the diplomat told The Washington Post.
“Who gained by having Mr Nisman dead?” Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said in a story published Tuesday. “Not me. Not the president.”
He was referring to the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, 51, who was found dead January 18 with a gunshot wound to the head.
He had been due to appear before a congressional hearing at which he was expected to accuse Kirchner and Timerman of shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center that killed 85 people.
Officials initially labeled the death a suicide, but suspicion has fallen on Kirchner’s government of orchestrating Nisman’s murder.
The president has suggested Nisman was manipulated by disgruntled former intelligence agents who then killed him to smear her.