Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 25th 2015 Contents Nisman was a pawn of forces trying
to undermine her government,
ranging from opposition political
parties to a critical newspaper to
dissident intelligence agents.
In her first letter on Monday,
Fernandez at first suggested that
Nisman had killed himself, but later
raised the possibility some shadowy
figure had manipulated him to make
Three days later, she said she no
longer believed it was suicide.
Instead, she suggested he had been
killed --- she did not say by whom
--- and that Nisman had been fed
false information by the former
head of the intelligence services.
"They used him while alive and
then they needed him dead. It s
that sad and terrible," she wrote.
"She should have come out and
called on investigators to solve the
case. She should have guaranteed
total independence for the justice
system to investigate," said Martin
Bohmer, former dean of the law
school at the University of San
Andres. "Instead, she presented
herself as a victim of the situation."
Bohmer said the scandal could
deteriorate an already charged polit-
In a national poll released
Wednesday, 80 per cent said they
believed the Nisman case would
hurt Fernandez s image and 60 per
cent said the investigation of his
death lacked transparency.
The blow comes as Fernandez s
Justicialist Party heads toward
national elections in October. Fer-
nandez has yet to designate a suc-
cessor candidate and increasing
economic and security problems
have been eroding her popularity.
Nisman s death "falls on a divid-
ed society," said Roberto Bacman,
director of the Center for Public
Opinion Studies, a South American
research firm. Bacman estimated
that about 45 per cent of voters
don t support Fernandez s policies
while about 30 per cent are ardent
"The ones in the middle will
decide the elections. How they react
(to the crisis) is key," he said.
The case has mesmerized Argen-
tines since word that Nisman s body
was found. (AP)
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BUENOS AIRES---Faced with one of
the biggest crises of her presidency,
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez
has given her countrymen a confusing
and sometimes contradictory view of
how her most damaging accuser was
found dead, at first seeming to accept
the idea of suicide and later describing
it as an elaborate murder plot to under-
mine her government.
Fernandez s response to what reads
like a whodunit movie script --- pros-
ecutor Alberto Nisman is found dead
with a bullet in his head hours before
he was set to elaborate on explosive alle-
gations against Fernandez --- has deep-
ened a political crisis with wide impli-
cations for the last year of her presidency
and perhaps even for the future of the
country beyond that.
For the first time in her presidency,
Fernandez appears to have lost control.
"It s possibly the most difficult
moment politically that (the ruling party)
has had during its decade in power," said
Rosendo Fraga, a political consultant
with the Nueva Mayoria think tank.
"Cristina s last year in power is not going
to be easy."
Many Argentines say the mysterious
death has underscored an erosion of
faith in the country s institutions and
in Fernandez at a time when her admin-
istration is struggling to fight economic
ills and rising street crime.
"I m depressed," said Manuela Luis
Dia, a 54-year-old maid who supported
Fernandez in the last elections. "We
don t know who to trust anymore."
The crisis began on January 18, when
Nisman, 51, was found dead hours before
he was to speak to Congress about his
claims that Fernandez had secretly
reached a deal with Iran to shield officials
wanted in the biggest terrorist attack in
the South America country s history.
His body was found slumped in the
bathroom of his apartment. He was lying
next to a .22-caliber handgun and a bul-
Days earlier, Nisman had given a judge
a report asking for criminal proceedings
against Fernandez over an alleged cover-
up of the 1994 bombing of Argentina s
largest Jewish center, an attack that killed
85 people and injured more than 200.
Fernandez has made no public appear-
ances since then, but has laid out her
response in two lengthy posts on social
media sites, bitterly attacking the alle-
gations against her while suggesting that
Death of prosecutor hits Argentina, could affect its future
A woman with her mouth taped shut, holds a sign that reads in Spanish; 'I
am Nisman' outside the AMIA Jewish community centre, where a group
gathered asking for "Justice" in the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman,
who had accused Argentina's president of a criminal conspiracy, in Buenos
Aires, Argentina, last Wednesday. AP PHOTO
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