The case of the prosecutor’s death Alberto Nisman, occurred on Sunday January 18, 2015, remains an enigma for society and the Justice Argentina, which beyond having determined that it should be investigated as a homicide, cannot specify who carried it out and why.
The 20 hours that it took them to find the body, the actions of the agents, the presence of officials during the early hours of the morning in the Puerto Madero building, the contamination of the crime scene and the contradictory expertise add to the mystery surrounding the death of the person who carried out several investigations against members of the then National governmentincluding the president herself Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
On Monday, January 19, Alberto Nisman had to attend the Congress of the Nation to provide information about the complaint what he had done against the president Cristina Kirchner and the chancellor Hector Timerman for the alleged cover-up, within the framework of the Memorandum with Iran, of terrorists who attacked the AMIA.
Sunday at noon: Nisman does not respond
On Sunday, according to their own testimonies, the agents assigned by the Federal Police to guard the prosecutor, Armando Nice Y Luis Mino, they tried to contact him at 12:30, an hour and a half after they started their shift in the surveillance of the judicial officer. But Nisman never responded.
The officers, who pointed out that the prosecutor did not like being called upon arrival and that they did not have access to the apartment. In addition, they claimed to have climbed twice to the 13th floor of the Le Parc building although with contradictions: While the first indicated that it was after 2:00 p.m., Miño said that they did it after 5:00 p.m. By that time, the officers had already exchanged calls for hours with the investigator’s work team, including the private secretary Marina Pettis and the legal secretary Soledad Castro.
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Sunday at 6:10 p.m.: they are looking for Nisman’s mother
At Pettis’s request, the guards went at 6:10 p.m. to look for Nisman’s mother, Sara Garfunkelto Nunez. Garfunkel arrived at her son’s apartment, accompanied by her friend Marta Chagas, at 7:30 p.m.
However, as one of the locks was stuck, he had to return home to pick up a notebook in which he had written down the elevator code that enabled entry through the main door, although he was unable to unlock it either.
Sunday at 22: they open the door
The woman then called the building’s locksmith, who eventually opened the door at 22:08. The first to see the lifeless prosecutor was Niz. “The doctor is here, in the bathroom, lying down. Call the Prefecture, our bosses and the SAME”, he told his partner, who was waiting for Soledad Castro on the ground floor.
The ambulance of the prepaid medicine company Swiss Medical, the only one that had access to the building since it was denied entry to the SAME, arrived at the scene at 10:58 p.m.
“I could see that the body was in the dorsal ulna position, on approximately one square meter of blood and rigid”, explained the doctor Jose Raul Carrera Mendoza, who added that he observed the entry hole and a gun on the floor so he realized “that the person was deceased.”
However, the doctor left at 10:30 p.m. without entering the bathroom or certifying the death.
Monday morning: Berni arrives at Nisman’s apartment
Already with the presence of cell phones from the Prefecture and the Federal Police in the place, the then Secretary of National Security, Sergio Berni, arrived minutes before 1 am on Monday.
The official, who maintains that he never entered the bathroom to verify the death, obviously transmitted the situation to the current vice president. Minutes later, the Judge Manuel de Campos, substitute of Court No. 25 and in whom the case had fallen, and the prosecutor Viviana Fein.
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While the witness Natalia Fernandez He said that in the department there was a “climate of revelry” and there was talk of asking for croissants while “drinking mate”, the expert witness Nicolás Vega Laiun He commented that no specialist entered the scene until the prosecutor ordered it. He even specified that a photographer, a cameraman, the ballistics expert, the forensic doctor entered first, and then he and his companions.
The five accused of the death of Nisman
Seven years after the enigmatic death, the investigation continues. These are the five defendants:
- Nisman’s subordinate, the computer expert Diego Lagomarsino, is processed as necessary participant of death when accused of having delivered the homicidal weapon.
- At the same time, the custodians Niz and Miño were accused of concealment.
- The police officers Ruben Benitez Y Nestor Duran for breach of the duties of a public official.
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The situation of Berni, Fein, De Campos, Di Santo and Luna
In addition, the Prosecutor Eduardo Taiano investigate to Berni, Fein, of fields, to the former head of the Federal Police, Román Di Santo, and the chief commissioner rock moon, of Complex Crimes of the PFA, for the crimes of public action in the management of the scene.
In this sense, Taiano maintains that “they altered the crime scene” in the same cause that is in charge of the federal judge Julián Ercolini.