Israel urges Argentina to press dead prosecutor's probe
Israel said it was saddened Monday by the death of the Argentine prosecutor investigating a bloody 1994 Jewish centre bombing, and called on Argentina to continue his probe.
Jerusalem: Israel said it was saddened Monday by the death of the Argentine prosecutor investigating a bloody 1994 Jewish centre bombing, and called on Argentina to continue his probe.
"The State of Israel expresses deep sorrow over the tragic death of the special prosecutor investigating the attack on the Jewish community in Argentina (AMIA), Alberto Nisman," foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement.
"Nisman, a courageous jurist of high stature and fearless fighter for justice, worked with great determination to expose the attack`s perpetrators and dispatchers," Nahshon said.
"The State of Israel hopes Argentina`s authorities will continue Nisman`s work, and take every possible effort to bring those behind the Argentina attacks to justice."
Nisman, 51, was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment overnight, hours before he was to testify at a congressional hearing into cover-up allegations he levelled last week against Argentine President Cristina Kirchner.
He had since 2004 been investigating the 1994 van bombing of offices of the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation (AMIA).
The blast killed 85 people and wounded 300 in the deadliest attack of its kind in the South American country.
Nisman had last week asked for an investigation into possible obstruction by Kirchner, and was due to speak at a congressional hearing Monday to provide evidence of his allegations.
The prosecutor has accused Iran of being behind the attack and said Kirchner hampered his inquiry to curry favour with the Islamic republic.
The government has categorically denied the accusations.
Argentina charges that Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah carried out the attack on orders from Iran, an accusation strongly denied by Tehran.