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Draft Warrant for President’s Arrest Was Found at Dead Argentine Prosecutor’s Home


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The investigator into the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman says that a 26-page draft of a warrant for the arrest of the country’s president and foreign minister was found in Nisman’s trash after he was discovered dead of a gunshot wound on Jan. 18. Shortly before his death, Nisman had accused President Christina Kirchner’s government of attempting to cover up Iran’s involvement in a 1994 Buenos Aires terror attack. Kirchner has denied the allegations and suggested Nisman had been manipulated into making the allegation by rogue intelligence agents who then killed him. From the New York Times:

Viviana Fein, the prosecutor investigating Mr. Nisman’s death, confirmed on Tuesday morning that Mr. Nisman had prepared the draft of the warrant requesting the president’s arrest. Confusion about the document had emerged when Ms. Fein had initially denied its existence, after the newspaper Clarín published an article on Sunday about the draft.

Mrs. Kirchner’s cabinet chief, Jorge Capitanich, tore up the article before reporters on Monday. But then Ms. Fein corrected her earlier statement and confirmed the existence of the draft, which Clarín said was prepared in June 2014, more than six months before Mr. Nisman went public with his accusations against the president.

Kirchner has not commented since Fein confirmed the existence of the warrant.