Suspect identified in murder of AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Official report finds Jewish prosecutor investigating deadly terrorist bombing of Argentina Jewish center was killed by 2 people.

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JTA - AMIA Jewish center bombing special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was assassinated by two individuals who drugged and beat him, then manipulated the crime scene to make it look like a suicide.

That is the conclusion of an official report submitted on Friday to Federal Judge Julián Ercolini and Prosecutor Eduardo Taiano, who are investigating the death of the Argentinean prosecutor. If Nisman’s death now is investigated as a murder, not a suicide, IT specialist Diego Lagomarsino would be the main suspect.

On January 2015, Lagomarsino said that he went to Nisman’s apartment to give him a gun to protect himself, which he called the loan of a “very old” .22 caliber pistol. Hours later Nisman was found dead by a bullet that struck him from point-blank range above the right ear from that very gun. So far, Lagomarsino has been charged just for lending the pistol to Nisman.

The report was made by the forensic investigators of the country’s border patrol guard, or Gendarmerie, which coordinated an interdisciplinary team of forensic investigators and also representatives of the Nisman family and of Lagomarsino.

The new toxicology analysis of Nisman’s body discovered the drug ketamine, an anesthetic mostly used on animals. The analysis also found that he had been beaten on his body and that another person tried to subdue and control him.

Taiano reportedly is analyzing whether Nisman’s death occurred on Jan. 18, 2015, the night when his body was found, or on the previous day. In that case Diego Lagomarsino, could move even more into the spotlight since he was in Nisman’s apartment twice that day. According to La Nacion newspaper, Lagomarsino is under hidden surveillance to prevent his evading justice.

Nisman’s body was found on Jan. 18, 2015, hours before he was to present evidence to Argentine lawmakers that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner covered up Iran’s role in the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded.

More than one year after Nisman’s death, the investigation was moved to the federal courts, meaning that the case was being investigated as a political murder, and not just as a suicide.

Since then, Prosecutor Eduardo Taiano, has led the investigation into Nisman’s death. Taiano himself has received death threats over the ongoing investigation. He ordered an interdisciplinary committee to analyze the crime scene and to develop a report.