Argentine Jewish Community Asks US for Information on Former Intel Official Who Fled Following Attorney Nisman’s Strange Death
Representatives of Argentina’s Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) hand-delivered a letter to the U.S. ambassador in Buenos Aires requesting information from the U.S. about former Argentine intelligence official Antonio “Jaime” Stiuso, a man wanted in Argentina for questioning over the puzzling death of attorney Alberto Nisman earlier this year, Merco Press reported.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner has accused Stiuso of duping Nisman into fabricating allegations of her government’s involvement in a scandal to cover up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center that killed scores and left an indelible mark on the country’s Jewish community.
Nisman was found dead in his apartment in January just hours before he was set to testify against Kirchner for covering up Iran’s role in the devastating bombing, and Stiuso apparently fled the country shortly thereafter. According to Argentina’s Security Ministry, Stiuso fled shortly after appearing before prosecutor Viviana Fein, who was tasked with investigating Nisman’s death.
According to reports, Stiuso flew from Brazil on February 19 using an Italian passport en route to Miami, Florida. INTERPOL has issued a “Blue Notice” seeking information on Stiuso’s whereabouts.
Earlier this month, studies commissioned by Nisman’s wife revealed that Nisman could not have fired the gun that resulted in his death because that weapon always leaves metallic traces on the shooter’s hands; Nisman’s had none.