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Argentina/Iran/Israel: Argentine Judge Summons Ex-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Ongoing Probe of Cover-up of Iran’s Responsibility for 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish Center Bombing

October 9, 2017

The Argentine federal judge investigating the allegation that ex-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration conspired with Iran to hide Tehran’s culpability for the deadly 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires announced on Monday that Kirchner has been subpoenaed to appear before him on October 26.

In the latest sensational development in a case that has proceeded for over twenty years without a single conviction, Judge Claudio Bonadio banned Kirchner and fourteen other defendants from leaving the country until they have provided their testimonies.

Bonadio’s case is based on the original complaint that was to have been submitted by late special prosecutor Alberto Nisman in January 2015, which laid out the charge of complicity with Iran against Kirchner, her foreign minister Hector Timerman and several other officials. Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment the night before he was due to present his complaint to Argentina’s Congress; the initial spurious claim that Nisman committed suicide was finally disproven last week, when an official report from from Argentina’s Gendarmeria Nacional concluded that the federal prosecutor had been beaten, drugged, and then shot execution-style.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/09/argentine-judge-summons-ex-president-cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-in-ongoing-probe-of-cover-up-of-irans-responsibility-for-1994-buenos-aires-jewish-center-bombing/

https://www.timesofisrael.com/judge-subpoenaes-argentine-ex-president-in-amia-inquiry/

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-10-10/an-unsolved-death-drives-argentina-to-fiction

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Argentina-Fernandez-to-Testify-in-Case-of-Alleged-Bombing-Cover-Up-in-1994-20171010-0006.html

http://www.thetower.org/5522-former-argentinian-president-ordered-to-testify-in-terror-cover-up-probe/

http://fr.timesofisrael.com/attentat-amia-un-juge-cite-a-comparaitre-lex-presidente-de-largentine/ (FRANCAIS)

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Argentina/Iran/Israel: Le rôle du régime iranien dans le meurtre d’un procureur argentin

le 3 octobre, 2017

Le rôle du régime iranien dans le meurtre d’un procureur argentin

Dans un article publié dans le Real Clear World, Toby Dershowitz, vice-président de la Fondation pour la défense des démocraties, a rapporté sur l’enquête concernant l’assassinat en 2015 du procureur Alberto Nisman. Celui-ci a eu lieu la veille du jour où il devait présenter des preuves impliquant le régime iranien dans la plus grande attaque terroriste en Argentine et démontrait que la présidente de l’époque, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, essayait de couvrir cette implication.

M. Dershowitz a souligné que le rapport de police de 400 pages « a découvert ce que la plupart des gens auraient trouvé instinctivement. » M. Nisman ne s’est pas suicidé, mais il a été assassiné. En réalité, il a été drogué, puis passé à tabac, ce qui ne conduit pas à l’hypothèse du suicide. Pourtant, Mme Kirchner a décrit sa mort en tant que suicide, le résultat d’une dispute avec sa partenaire, et même un meurtre pour la piéger.

L’affaire est cependant loin d’être résolue. Nous ne savons toujours pas qui l’a tué, qui l’a commandité et pour quelles raisons.

M. Dershowitz a écrit : « De nombreux observateurs pensent qu’il n’était pas la cible. La cible était les preuves qu’il devait exposer concernant le rôle de l’Iran dans le terrorisme dans l’hémisphère occidental, et concernant les tentatives présumées de Mme Kirchner pour couvrir le rôle de l’Iran dans les attentats du 18 juillet 1994 contre l’AMIA, le centre de la communauté israélite à Buenos Aires. »

Cet attentat a fait 85 morts et des centaines de blessés.

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https://www.ncr-iran.org/fr/actualites/droits-humains/20247-le-role-du-regime-iranien-dans-le-meurtre-d-un-procureur-argentin

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/02/official-report-death-of-argentine-prosecutor-in-1994-buenos-aires-jewish-center-bombing-case-was-result-of-murder-not-suicide/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-murder-of-the-prosecutor-who-fingered-irans-terror-team-in-argentina (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

http://tn.com.ar/politica/la-muerte-de-alberto-nisman-diego-lagomarsino-pidio-la-nulidad-de-la-pericia-de-gendarmeria_824718 (ESPANOL)

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Argentine prosecutor Nisman death, a homicide, according to toxicology report

September 23, 2017

Nisman was investigating the 1994 bombing of AMIA Jewish community center  and accused then-President Cristina Fernandez of covering up Iran’s role in the bombing

A new toxicology report on the body of Alberto Nisman, the late Argentine prosecutor, found that ketamine and clonazepam were in his blood at the time his death, Argentine federal criminal prosecutor Ricardo Saenz announced this week.

Nisman was investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and accused then-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of covering up Iran’s role in the bombing through a memorandum of understanding with Teheran. The memorandum of understanding was later declared unconstitutional. Nisman was found dead in his apartment of a gunshot wound to his head hours before he was due to present his findings to a closed-door session of Congress.

While clonazepam is a tranquilizer, ketamine is an anesthetic that is often used by veterinarians on animals. According to Argentine newspaper La Nacion, after the toxicology analysis was released, Saenz said in a radio interview that “there is plenty of evidence in the case that indicates that it is a homicide,” he added that the discovery of ketamine “would be one more.”

Echoing Saenz’s charge, a Wall Street Journal editorial on Wednesday observed that “it is highly unlikely Nisman would have voluntarily ingested such a drug.” The Journal also raised the question of Iran’s involvement in Nisman’s death. This is not the first time that Iran’s connection to the death of the prosecutor has surfaced. In 2015, Christopher Dickey, foreign editor for The Daily Beast, raised the possibility that Nisman was murdered by Iran, highlighting that Islamic Republic has a history of assassinating opposition figures and others who might harm their regime.

http://en.mercopress.com/2017/09/22/argentine-prosecutor-nisman-death-a-homicide-according-to-toxicology-report

http://www.wral.com/new-probe-says-death-of-argentine-prosecutor-a-homicide/16966899/

http://www.france24.com/en/20170923-prosecutor-nisman-probing-argentina-president-kirchner-fernandez-murdered

http://lobelog.com/alberto-nisman-was-murdered-but-we-still-dont-know-why/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-murder-of-the-prosecutor-who-fingered-irans-terror-team-in-argentina

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Argentina experts said to confirm Alberto Nisman was murdered

September 14, 2017

Alberto Nisman, the late prosecutor who investigated the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center, talks to journalists in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A team of investigators in Argentina has reportedly determined that Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who investigated the Iran-ordered 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires, was murdered and did not commit suicide as claimed by the defense, according to a Spanish-language report Thursday.

Twenty-eight experts in different areas, from ballistics to psychology, determined that Nisman was murdered by a shot to the head, and that the murderer (or murderers) then attempted to cover their tracks at the scene of the crime, according to a report in the Argentine news site Infobae.

Argentinian officials have has not confirmed the report, which comes just days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the first-ever visit by an Israeli premier to Argentina.

Netanyahu brought the issue up in his talks with Argentinean President Mauricio Macri. Israeli officials were told Monday that the investigation was advancing, and that they can expect an official announcement soon. Officials in the prime minister’s delegation said that the timing of the Thursday report was coincidental.

Nisman was discovered shot dead in his apartment in January 2015, hours before he was scheduled to appear in Congress. Nisman had been about to present allegations that then-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner orchestrated a secret deal to cover up Iranian officials’ role in the AMIA bombing. Kirchner denied the allegations and judges threw out the case.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/argentina-experts-said-to-confirm-alberto-nisman-was-murdered/

http://jewishjournal.com/news/world/224433/alberto-nisman-murdered-argentine-investigators-set-claim-new-report/

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/americas/155672-170917-ex-argentine-president-denies-gov-t-cover-up-as-report-finds-nisman-murdered

http://www.thetower.org/5451-argentinian-prosecutor-to-review-mounting-forensic-evidence-that-nisman-was-murdered/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman

http://fr.timesofisrael.com/des-experts-argentins-confirment-qualberto-nisman-a-bien-ete-assassine/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

https://www.clarin.com/politica/nisman-ruta-sangre_0_rk7u1OucW.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.infobae.com/sociedad/policiales/2017/09/14/la-pericia-de-la-gendarmeria-determino-que-alberto-nisman-fue-asesinado-a-sangre-fria/ (ESPANOL)

http://exame.abril.com.br/mundo/promotor-argentino-morto-em-2015-foi-drogado-e-assassinado/ (PORTUGUES)

http://veja.abril.com.br/mundo/nova-pericia-confirma-que-alberto-nisman-foi-assassinado/ (PORTUGUES)

Argentina: Ongoing threats against Viviana Beigel

July 19, 2017

Viviana Beigel

On 17 July 2017, human rights lawyers Viviana Beigel and Pablo Salinas Cavalotti received additional threatening messages on their personal Facebook accounts. Since 24 June 2017 the couple have been receiving messages containing threats due to their work related to the right to truth, justice and accountability for human rights violations.

Viviana Beigel and Pablo Salinas Cavalotti are human rights lawyers who are specialized in defending victims of crimes against humanity committed during the Argentinian dictatorship. They are also part of the Movimiento Ecuménico por los Derechos Humanos – MEDH (Ecumenical Movement for Human Rights) in the region of Mendoza, and members of the Human Rights Institute at the National University of Cuyo. Both human rights defenders have written several books regarding violations and punishment for perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Argentina.

Since 24 June 2017, both human rights defenders have received multiple threats via their Facebook accounts on a daily basis. The messages are in relation with the human rights defenders’ work in defence of the victims of crimes against humanity committed during the Argentinian dictatorship. The messages contain threats against the work of the lawyers, stating that the human rights defenders “have little time left”, and that their careers will be destroyed through public smear campaigns. The offender has also attempted to call Viviana Beigel and Pablo Salinas Cavalotti several times, mainly late at night or early in the morning. The human rights defenders filed a report to the authorities on 26 June 2017, but until this date they haven’t received any response regarding the investigation.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/ongoing-threats-against-viviana-beigel

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/pablo-salinas-cavalotti

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/viviana-beigel

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-pablo-salinas-cavalotti

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Argentina_-_Argentine/2017/EN_HRL_20170809_Argentina_Concerns-regarding-the-threats-against-Argentinian-human-rights-lawyers-Viviana-Beigel-and-Pablo-Salinas-Cavalotti.pdf

Argentina/Venezuela: Amnesty presses Venezuela, Argentina to release ‘political prisoners’

February 24, 2017

NGO’s top directors brand Latin America ‘most violent and unequal’

The directors of Amnesty International’s branches in Argentina and Venezuela have again called on their governments of both nations to release political prisoners, warning them for what the NGO perceives as their worsening human rights record, in a press conference at Amnesty International’s offices in Buenos Aires.

Amnesty International Venezuela Director Marcos Gómez began by criticising the Emergency Decree recently issued by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro adopting “discriminatory measures” that the executive claims will have “an almost criminal effect on the poor.”

Gómez also outlined his worries about systemic arbitrary detentions, and how the intelligence services in Venezuela is not following through with judicial rulings ordering the release of 18 prisoners. Civilians are also being tried in military tribunals, the NGO’s director warned, adding that journalists and human rights defenders are being persecuted and targeted by government-led media campaigns.

One of the human rights prisoners currently being detained is Argentine human rights lawyer Marcelo Crovato, who was first arrested in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2014.

Referring to two high-profile prisoners, both Gómez and Argentine Amnesty Director Mariela Belski stressed that demanding the release of Venezuelan politician Leopoldo López and Argentine activist Milagro Sala from jail were top priorities for the organisation. López is a Venezuelan politician who was first arrested in February 2014, and was later convicted of public incitement to violence.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/224775/amnesty-presses-venezuela-argentina-to-release-%E2%80%98political-prisoners%E2%80%99

http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/amnistia-internacional-alerto-sobre-detenciones-arbitrarias_82338 (ESPANOL)

http://www.clarin.com/mundo/calvario-marcelo-crovato-unico-preso-politico-argentino-venezuela_0_BJy-3D3Fl.html (ESPANOL)

http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2017/02/22/america/1487793380_025361.html (ESPANOL)

Argentina/Chile: Julia’s ultra marathon for PBI UK

January 20, 2017

In two weeks UK Barrister Julia Lowis will be running 100km across Argentina and Chile in solidarity with lawyers at risk across the world. In this short video she explains why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUoLmklT644&feature=youtu.be

(source Peace Brigades International (UK) Facebook)