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Tests Indicate Argentine Prosecutor Was Slain, Ex-Wife Says

  • Reuters

FILE - Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, ex-wife of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman, speaks to a group of senators in Buenos Aires, Feb. 12, 2015.

FILE - Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, ex-wife of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman, speaks to a group of senators in Buenos Aires, Feb. 12, 2015.

Independent forensic tests on the body of the Argentine state prosecutor, found days after he accused President Cristina Fernandez of plotting to cover up Iran's alleged role in a 1994 bombing, indicate that his death was a homicide, his ex-wife said Thursday.

Argentine authorities have not released full results of the autopsy of Alberto Nisman, 52, found in a pool of blood with a bullet to the head Jan. 18. The few forensic details that have been made public so far by prosecutor's office have suggested suicide, though no official ruling has been made.

"Nisman didn't have an accident. He didn't commit suicide. They murdered him,'' Nisman's former wife, Sandra Arroyo Salgado, said at a news conference, without giving any further details about whom she suspected of killing the father of their two children.

Earlier Thursday, Arroyo Salgado, who is a judge, deposited the forensic evidence behind her allegations at the state prosecutors office in Buenos Aires. She did not give details of the findings to journalists.

She said that a separate autopsy had not been carried out and that the team's conclusions were based on photographs, videos taken during the autopsy and additional tests run in the morgue.

Fernandez has branded Nisman's accusation that she sought to whitewash his investigation into the truck-bombing of a Jewish community center as "absurd" and said rogue state spies were behind his death.

Iran has consistently denied it was involved in the bomb attack, which killed 85 people.

Nisman's death has thrown Fernandez's last year in office into turmoil amid a blizzard of conspiracy theories surrounding his mysterious death. Polls show two in three Argentines believe they will never know the truth about his last moments.

Viviana Fein, the state prosecutor investigating Nisman's death, said she would study the evidence put forward by Arroyo Salgado's team.

"Up until now ... there has been nothing which allows me to say categorically whether this was a suicide or homicide. Nothing," Fein told the state-run National Radio.

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