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Argentina leader wants shakeup after scandal

Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has proposed the dissolution of the domestic intelligence service, as the country deals with the fallout from the mysterious death of a federal prosecutor who accused its leaders of a criminal cover-up over Argentina’s deadliest terror attack.

Kirchner has sent a draft bill to the country’s parliament which, if passed, would mean the Secretariat of Intelligence (SI) is replaced by the Federal Intelligence Agency.

In a taped statement aired Monday night on national TV, Kirchner said the service had “not served the interests of the country.”

The body of Alberto Nisman, a special prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, was found inside his apartment on January 18 — the day before he was due to testify before Congress about his claims.

The previous week, he had filed a report alleging that the President, foreign minister and other officials conspired to cover up Iran’s involvement in the bomb attack, which killed 85, in exchange for an oil-and-grain-for-meat deal.

Nisman died of a gunshot wound to the temple. A gun and a shell casing were found near his body and the apartment was locked from the inside.

At first glance, a suicide. But the untimely death raised suspicions immediately.

Then investigators looking into his death said there was no gunpowder residue on his hands, as would have been expected, and a locksmith who let Nisman’s mother into the apartment told reporters that anyone could have opened the lock.

Kirchner, who initially called Nisman’s death a suicide, soon reversed her thinking and called it “the suicide (that I am convinced) was not a suicide.”

However, while Fernandez does not believe that Nisman took his own life, she still insists that his allegations against her government are false.

Nisman was not a hack with an agenda against the President, but a naive investigator who was used by others who fed him false information, Fernandez said.

Nisman’s report promised to provide evidence “of the existence of a sophisticated criminal plot, deliberately conjured to cover up and provide impunity to the Iranians accused in the investigation of the attack” of the Jewish community center in 1994.

The 289-page report makes its case based on tapped telephone conversations between representatives of Argentina and Iran.

(Source:CNN World)

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