"This Could Not Have Been Suicide" - Judge Agrees That Argentine Prosecutor Was Murdered

After a team of forensic experts ruled in September that the 2015 shooting death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was, indeed, murder – not suicide as the authorities had initially ruled – a federal judge has validated those findings in a lengthy ruling that seems to point the finger at former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The ruling is the latest blow to Fernandez, who won her bid for a senate seat in October. Though Fernandez has publicly said her decision to run is part of a political comeback, others have speculated that she ran for her senate seat to help insulate herself from accusations of money laundering and corruption, as well as her suspected work to cover up Iran’s role in financing the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires - a bombing that killed 85 people.

Alberto Nisman

Years later, Nisman was assigned to investigate a possible cover-up of Iranian officials’ role in the bombing. But he was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in January 2015, hours before he was due to testify against former President Fernandez The ruling comes after a prosecutor recommended last year that the case be investigated as a murder.

In another stunning decision, Tuesday’s ruling by the Argentine judge also charged that Diego Lagomarsino, a former employee of Nisman’s, was an accessory to his murder, after a gun owned by Lagomarsino was found near Nisman’s body, as Reuters reported.

In a 656-page ruling, judge Julian Ercolini said there was sufficient proof to conclude that the shot to the head that killed Nisman in January 2015 was not self-inflicted. That marked the first time any judge has said the case was a murder.

 

Fernandez and others had suggested the death was a suicide, but a prosecutor investigating the case last year recommended it be pursued as a murder probe.

 

“Nisman’s death could not have been a suicide,” Ercolini wrote in Tuesday’s ruling, which also charged Diego Lagomarsino, a former employee of Nisman‘s, with accessory to murder.

Lagomarsino has acknowledged lending Nisman the gun that killed him the day before he was to appear before Congress to detail his allegation against Fernandez. But he has said Nisman asked him for the gun to protect himself and his family.

Earlier this month, Fernandez was formally charged with treason by a federal judge, and a federal judge called for her arrest. But before her arrest, Congress would have to vote to strip Fernandez of her immunity.

Meanwhile, her former Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, was placed under arrest and confined to his home, where he wrote this New York Times op-ed professing his innocence and claiming to be a political prisoner.

In an unrelated case, Fernandez and her two children were indicted back in April on corruption charges related to deals involving a family owned real-estate company.

After leaving office in December 2015 following eight years in power – a period where Argentina’s economy experienced continued decline.

Her successor, the center-right former Mayor of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri, has swiftly implemented pro-growth economic reforms like abolishing the country’s capital controls and reaching a settlement with a group of US hedge funds led by Paul Singer’s Elliott Management Corporation.

Now, the possibility that Fernandez will be held accountable for her actions is looking increasingly likely.
 

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redmudhooch Iwanttoknow Wed, 12/27/2017 - 17:19 Permalink

Yep, they are notorious for killing their own to achieve their goals.Mossad Black Ops and False Flagshttp://whale.to/b/mossad_black_ops.htmlThe King David Hotel Massacre, Jerusalem July 22, 1946 Jewish terrorists blew up a hotel, and killed 91 British soldiers, and blamed the atrocity on Arabs. When later caught, they said the British had a list of their Arab spies and were going to turn them over to the Palestinians. The goal of the False Flag was to pit the British against the Palestinians. The Deliberate False Flag Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7uEXeByqhgHolocaust History - Dr. Frederick Toben (2003)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AtsopSjooA

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Killdo bardot63 Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:27 Permalink

have you been to Argentina?Most Americans seem poor copmpared to Argentineans. All my friends there have great houses (inherited or paid off), beautiful wives and kids and their houses are full of friends and family - they cook well, share stories, laugh all the time and are infinitelly happier than manic, depressed, suicidal americans. Buenos Aires is full of beautiful houses, ots fo happy good looking people (not fat and sick liek Americans). Even dogs are allowed to have their balls (unlike poor American dogs). You can see old people walking aroudn with their grand children - (a very rare sight in teh US where most people don't even stay in touch with their cousins). Everyone I know plays in a band, and/or paints (and they are pretty good) apart from their full time jobs (architects, pharmacists etc), they also play soccer once a week with their old friends and they cook dinners for them once a week. I would trade my US/UK citizenships for Argentinean one any day

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DownWithYogaPants Killdo Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:37 Permalink

They have a point about Latin American corruption. But then again the USA is rapidly catching up.Likewise the scale.  See thing is: Many times you can trust a white or asian american.  In Brazil for instance you have to be much more careful on the individual level.  Not sure how this is in Argentina.  Of course there are arguments to be made that the USA gov is most corrupt of them all with their banker's wars.But your description of Argentines with paid of houses is good for those that got them but the Argentines I know in Brazil were not so lucky. They have nothing.  But indeed they are quite nice people.

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AurorusBorealus DownWithYogaPants Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:11 Permalink

The poverty in Brazil is astounding.  I have friends from Sao Paulo who do mission work in the poor communities there.  The situation there is beyond desperate.  There are a few neighborhoods, in the poorest areas outside the cities in Argentina that can compare, but nothing like the millions and millions in Brazil who live in mud shacks with rusted tin rooves, without potable water, without electricity, and without toilets.  Brazil is in a very sorry condition.  Do not believe everything that you read in the media, which is controlled by Wall Street.  They love Brazil because the Brazilian government is completely controlled by Wall Street and sells off the nation at every opportunity to international financiers while the people suffer extreme poverty.  There will be a revolution in Brazil and unfortunately, it will probably be a Marxist revolution.  I would not invest 1 penny in Brazil.

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Make_Mine_A_Double Killdo Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:13 Permalink

They are indeed. For my vote some of the most beautiful women in the world - my driver in BA could have passed as Goerge Cloonies double, had several advanced degrees and spoke 4 languages. Great human capital, beautiful coumtry - hopelessly incompetent government though. 

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AurorusBorealus Killdo Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:29 Permalink

Well... thank you for painting such a pleasant picture.  I agree with some of it.  Argentines do have more hobbies than the people of the U.S., because they do not spend all of their time watching TV.  Family is certainly more important here and familial bonds are certainly much stronger.  Argentina is a conservative society, for the most part, and retains the values of 19th Century Europe; in many ways, we are the last bastion of Western Civilization.However... there are plenty of gordos (fatsos) here who eat far too much asado (barbecue).  The cooking lacks imagination and is bland by U.S. standards. The dogs here are a national disgrace.  They reproduce without limit.  No one cares for them, and many wander the streets wild.  Many people beat their animals.  The result is near-feral packs of dogs that are public nuisance and an actual threat if you walking down a dark street at night.  Not a week goes by when I am not forced to confront one or more angry dogs trying to bite at me.Buenoes Aires is outrageously expensive, and the majority of the neighborhoods are overrun with crime.  it is not safe to be on the streets at night in much of Buenos Aires.  Argentina is a center for the drug trade in South America, much as the U.S. is in North America, since the people here are generally wealthier than those of the drug-exporting countrie like Columbia and Bolivia and can afford to pay higher prices for cocaine and other drugs.  I dread the day when methamphetamines comes to Argentina.If you wish to come to Argentina, I highly recommend looking outside Buenos Aires.  The soul of Argentina is in Pueblos and little towns.  Here, life is peaceful, the people friendly, and there is very little crime.  You can leave your doors unlocked, safely walk the streets at night (except for occassionally having to stare down a semi-feral dog), and get on well with your neighbors.

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Couvrot2 AurorusBorealus Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:44 Permalink

I lived in Buenos Aires (Puerto Madero) from 2008 to 2015. While I agree that the women, including the one I left in 2015, are beautiful, I the food is wonderful, the lifestyle generally pleasant (especially if you exchanged your dollars on the black market), I also remember that the women are extremely greedy and arrogant, that the city is filthy and extremely unsafe, and that its infrastructure is crumbling, I also remember that Argentinians are very racists, they have a natural tendency to lie, deceive, and steal whenever possible, and think of themselves as the center of the universe.
I have visited over 50 countries and lived several years at a time in 3. I would not want to live in Argentina ever again.

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AurorusBorealus Couvrot2 Wed, 12/27/2017 - 16:30 Permalink

As I said, Buenos Aires is not Argentina, and Argentines do not have a ¨natural tendency to lie, deceive, and steal,¨ nor are they ¨racists.¨  No one makes any distinction between the more Mestizo-looking populace and those who are more European in appearance. The people outside of Buenos Aires are very honest.  To give you an example, I have left my keys in 2 different restaraunts in the last month and have returned to find them after somone gave them to the staff.Perhaps, it is not "all Argentines" who display the characteristics that you mention, but only the ones with whom you chose to associate yourself.  If you come here looking for a "good time," you will, no doubt, find a "good time."  Unfortunately the people who help you enjoy a "good time" are quite often not the people in whom you should place your trust.

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44magnum Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:06 Permalink

Who would benefit from his death? Fernandez? Like she would not know that she would be a prime suspect? Mossad on jew murder to make sure the Iranians take the blame?

noalternative 44magnum Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:39 Permalink

She was not trying to blame off the iranians. She was trying to find a way to judge the iranians.The cause itself is based on the false accusation that the memorandum could make Interpol's red-alerts on iranians fall, something Ronald Noble, Interpol's head said it was not possible.She's being accused for the only fact that she's the main opposition and the only one capable of returning the power to the people.

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AurorusBorealus 44magnum Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:15 Permalink

There were attempts at the time to negotiate an oil pact between Iran and Argentina, in which Iranian oil would be imported and refined here.  So the Iranians had something to gain by silencing Nisman.  It is not certain that the Kirchner government was involved in his death, but members of her government certainly should be considered as potential suspects.

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Chupacabra-322 Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:12 Permalink

Where’s Anthony Weiner’s LapTop & Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 + 650,000 Emails?

That, my friends is the Holy Grail of

Tyrannical Lawlessness

you see before yourselves along with the Pure Evil Tyrannical Lawless FBI, DOJ & Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA.

Benjamin123 AurorusBorealus Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:48 Permalink

Theres about 2.000 murders each year in Argentina. Pretty peaceful compared to Venezuela's 30.000 murders. Why is everyone so fixated on bombings and assorted "spectacular" killings? Is regular crime not exciting enough? I see the logic, 2000 random murders randomly scattered during the year around the whole country are cool, but if 100 people are killed on the same day and the same street, that an act of war.

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Killdo Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:21 Permalink

the only Argentinean I know who likes the new president is one dumb, greedy woman I know from Los Angeles (she used to be married to an American but got divorced and moved back to Buenos Aires). All she thinks about is money - she i sreally dumb and selfish. Last week the current governemtn lovered average pension by about 40% I think. And there was a lot of violence - mostly policemen beating and teargassing old people - I've seen many videos my friends from Buenos Aires posted on FB. 

AurorusBorealus Killdo Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:11 Permalink

The government did not "lower pensions by 40%."  The government will only be increasing pensions this year by 4%, rather than the customary 20-30%.  This is one of several action that the Macri government has taken recently to try to reduce inflation, including freezing wages for a number of govnerment employees, including teachers.  In order to understand the sitution, you have to understand the way things work here.  After the financial collapse of 2001, instead of bailing out the banks, the government instead printed money to keep the poor from starving.  As a famous Argentine politician stated at the time, "We had the choice of saving the banks or saving the people.  We chose to save the people."  It was a wise choice.However, unlike the U.S., Argentina cannot export the inflation that results from money printing, because there is no petro-peso.  So inflation became the norm in the years after the crisis.  Because the Peso was losing 20-30% of its value every year, everyone began to expect prices to rise by 20-30%, so cost-of-living adjustments were expected for pensions, salaries, rents, everything.  Each January, salaries, rents, prices, everything begin to rise, because everyone expects inflation.  This expectation of inflation produces inflation because as wages go up, prices go up.  As pensions and government salaries go up, money is printed, which increases the money supply and increases prices.The people protesting in Buenos Aires, in you watch the videos, were not pensioners.  They were all young, far too young to be receiving any pension.  They were the leftist-Marxists, Peronistas, and most of them live at home with their parents and live off their parents' pensions.  Breaking the cycle of government-dependence is not easy in a nation in which a large percentage of the population is accustomed to living off government subsidies.  I give the Macri government credit for having the courage to take measures to bring inflation under control, even when confronted with steet-protests. Could the police have handled the situation with more tact and without escalating the problem?  Yes.  The police were overly confrontational, and their over-reaction prompted the protests to become more violent than they would otherwise have been.  As I have mentioned on Zerohedge before, Buenos Aires is not Argentina.  The rest of the country was peaceful.  There were no protests in any other major city, and life went on as normal where I live.  A vocal minority does not express the sentiment of the majority, just as everyone in the U.S. did not go out into the streets wearing pussy-hats the day after Trump was elected. 

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noalternative AurorusBorealus Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:25 Permalink

Inflation is not because people has money to spend, but because the prices are fixated by a bunch of big companies trying to have bigger profits.The yearly adjustes were meant for people to not loss consumption power. Now this government reduces the adjustment formula while grants enormous tax cuts to companies, agro business, and statizing his own private debts.Look at the economy. We are headed into the biggest deficit in the country history, taking a record amount of loans while destroying employment and industries. And this is not because the Kirchner's government but because a coordinated plan to destroy Argentina's economically and culturally.https://tradingeconomics.com/argentina/external-debt

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AurorusBorealus noalternative Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:04 Permalink

Much of this massive increase in external debt is the result, I believe, of the Yuan credits that China extended Argentina at the beginning of 2016 to facilitate bi-lateral trade... i.e. soy for electronics.  (Though I may be wrong about this.  If there was a 25% increase in dollar-denominated debt, I would be interested to know about it).We are trapped between Wall Street and the Chinese.  What concerns me now, more than Wall-Street debt, is our trade deficit with China.  This is one reason that I am pro-Trump.  If Trump can start a trade war between the U.S. and China, then these two will be at each other, and Wall Street will no longer be aligned with China.  There may be space for Argentina to free itself from the influence of both groups.

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