The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is shocked and deeply saddened by news of the death of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine special prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people and wounded hundreds more. ADL called the death of Mr. Nisman “another tragic episode that will extend the decades-long delays in bringing the Iranian masterminds and perpetrators to justice.”
Mr. Nisman, 51, was reportedly found dead from a gunshot wound in his bathroom Sunday afternoon. The official cause of death is undetermined, pending an autopsy. He was due to take part in a closed-door hearing in parliament today to discuss recent findings of his ongoing investigation into the terrorist attack.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We are shocked and deeply saddened by news of the death of Alberto Nisman, a courageous and principled seeker of truth and justice who cared deeply for the victims of the AMIA bombing and their families and pursued his investigation wherever the facts took him.
He was a true believer in justice, the rule of law, and the role of the judiciary as a bulwark against political maneuvers to derail his investigation and prevent justice for the victims.
Mr. Nisman’s death is another tragic episode in the sordid saga of Argentina’s failure to act decisively and unceasingly to find, arrest and prosecute those responsible for the AMIA terror attack. His passing will extend the decades-long delays in bringing the Iranian masterminds and perpetrators to justice.
The timing and circumstances of Mr. Nisman’s death, coming just days after he released detailed allegations of high-level government attempts to evade his investigation and hours before he was scheduled to present additional details to members of the Argentine Congress, raise serious questions about whether Mr. Nisman’s death was related to his work on the AMIA bombing.
A full and transparent investigation is needed to conclusively determine all of the circumstances surrounding his untimely death.