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Hundreds Demand Justice at the Funeral of Nisman in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES – Hundreds of people demanded justice at the gates of the funeral home in the capital city of Buenos Aires, where are kept the mortal remains of Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died from a shot to the temple in dubious circumstances after accusing the Argentine President for alleged concealment of terrorists.

While his family and his closest friends and collaborators kept a vigil over Nisman’s remains at the funeral home in Belgrano, hundreds of people gathered to pay a last tribute to the Prosecutor who died on Jan. 18.

Amid a strong police presence, attendees shouted for justice and slogans against the Argentine President Cristina Fernandez.

The wake took place without incident until a group broke a flower wreath sent by the Attorney General’s Office, headed by Alejandra Gils Carbo, considered to be very close to the President.

The protesters put up a large sign with the words “Todos somos Nisman” (We are all Nisman) and carried banners saying “Basta de jueces y fiscales militantes K” (Enough of judges and prosecutors militants K), “Basta de corrupción e impunidad K” (Enough of corruption and impunity K) and “Cristina corrupta. Renuncia ya” (Corrupt Cristina. Resign right now).

“What happened to Nisman is an aberration,” Matilde Fernandez told Efe criticizing the ineffectiveness and neglect on the part of Fernandez.

The wake was attended by U.S. Ambassador Noah Mamet and authorities of the Jewish entity Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations and the AMIA Jewish Mutual.

The prosecutor, who died last Sunday, was to be buried Thursday at a Jewish cemetery in the town of La Tablada on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Nisman who was investigating the AMIA bombing which left 85 dead in 1994, had filed a suit against President Fernandez, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and several other officials of covering up Iranian suspects in the attack.

 

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