Death of a Hero - Alberto Nisman
|Alberto Nisman - Argentinian Prosecutor & Hero for Justice|
Last night, fascinated and gripped, I read the last pages of Gustavo Perednik's book about the investigation of the 1994 AMIA Jewish Community Center Bombing in Argentina, "To Kill Without a Trace".
This morning, I woke up to the news that the protagonist of that book, Alberto Nisman, was found dead (suicide or murder?) in his apartment in Buenos Aires.
Alberto Nisman was a profoundly courageous & principled man who, in his role as Public Prosecutor, exposed his own government in Argentina of systemic corruption and cover-up of the real perpetrators of the horrific bombing, which killed 85 people. The establishment worked to convict the innocent, while whitewashing the guilty.
The fabricated case consisted of a web of fictitious witnesses and flimsy evidence - based on the identity of the Renault Trafic car used by the (unidentified) suicide bomber. A (genuinely) sleazy trader in stolen vehicles,Carlos Telledin, was paid $400,000 by the Argeninian Interior Minister
Carlos Vladimir Corach, to falsely testify that he had sold the car to (genuinely) corrupt police officers. Judge Galeano was instructed by senior politicians to go with the corrupted testimony. The police officers were duly charged with the bombing.
The man who exposed the false case was Alberto Nisman.
The man who then redirected the forces of justice towards the true culprits, sitting in the Iranian Government and in the Lebanese Hezbollah HQ in Beirut, was Alberto Nisman.
Nisman's renewed, rigorous and honest investigation identified the bomber as Ibrahim Hussein Berro, a Hezbollah operative, flown in to Buenos Aires from Lebanon for his suicide mission, via Brazil.
This second round of the investigation resulted in Nisman persuading INTERPOL to issue Red Warnings - international arrest warrants - for:
Imad Fayez Moughnieh, Head of Security at Hezbollah, who was subsequently assassinated, perhaps by Israel, in 2008. Note: His son Jihad Moughnieh was coincidentally ?? assassinated in a helicopter attack yesterday in the Syrian Golan.
Ali Fallahijan - Iran's Minister of Intelligence between 1989-1997
Mohsen Rabbani - the in-country Iranian revolutionary, stationed in the Islamic community in Argentina, the man-on-the-ground for planning the bombing operation.
Ahmad Reza Asghari - third secretary of the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires "until his abrupt departure from Argentina" on July 1, 1994.
Ahmad Vahidi - former Commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, and Minister of Defence between 2009-2013.
Mohsen Rezaee - a senior Iranian official, and twice presidential candidate.
The allegations, written up in an voluminous Legal Opinion, pointed to a strategic meeting, headed by then Iranian President Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani who personally ordered the AMIA bombing.
There was subsequently a new enquiry in Argentina investigating their own government's cover-up operation.
This week that investigation was to have reached a dramatic stage, with Nisman accusing the former Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of having made a secret agreement with the Iranian Regime, to exchange a judicial cover-up of the bombing, from the Argentinian side, in return for low cost oil for Argentina, from the Iranians.
Nisman explains the outline of the allegations here:
With the discovery of Alberto Nisman's body today, the world has lost the most formidable hero for national and international justice; and perhaps we have also lost any chance of finally discovering the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the murderous AMIA Bombing of 1994 and the septic corruption which followed.
Gustavo Perednik's To Kill Without a Trace is published by Mantua Books. and available on Amazon here.
Gustavo is my brother in law, which is how I came to be reading the book