In Prosecutor's Trash: Draft of Arrest Warrant for Argentine Prez

Document accusing Cristina Kirchner reportedly found in Alberto Nisman's home
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2015 3:26 PM CST
In Prosecutor's Trash: Draft of Arrest Warrant for Argentine Prez
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner addresses the United Nations Security Council, Aug. 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A 26-page draft of an arrest warrant for Argentine President Cristina Kirchner was found in the garbage at the apartment of deceased federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman, the New York Times reports, adding further mystery to his already conspiracy-theory-laden death. The country's lead investigator in the case—Nisman was found at home with a gunshot wound to the head on Jan. 18—today confirmed the draft, which also called for the arrest of Hector Timerman, the country's foreign minister; the draft accused both Kirchner and Timerman of trying to protect Iranian officials from arrest for a 1994 Jewish center bombing in Argentina that killed 85 people. Nisman had been scheduled to testify against Kirchner on Jan. 19.

Since Nisman's death, there's been a flurry of confusion and changing stories. Investigator Viviana Fein first said Sunday that the warrant draft didn't exist after a report about it, and Kirchner's Cabinet chief tore up a newspaper article about the draft—which claimed Nisman prepared it in June 2014—in front of reporters yesterday. But Fein has changed her tune, saying today in an Argentine radio broadcast, "The words I should have used are, 'It's evident that there was a draft.'" Adding further drama to the situation: anti-Semitic protests against Nisman, a refusal by any judge to take on Nisman's case, and Kirchner's call to disband Argentina's spy agency, the Times notes. A political analyst offers the Times his assessment of what the impact would have been had the arrests been issued: "It would have provoked a crisis without precedents in Argentina. It would have been a scandal on a level previously unseen." (More Argentina stories.)

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