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Senator Menendez Statement on Latest Developments Regarding the Death of Argentinian Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman

NEWARK, NJ – Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding latest developments concerning the death of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine special prosecutor assigned to investigate the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires:

“I was shocked to learn about the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Nisman, who worked tirelessly in pursuit of justice for the 85 victims of the devastating 1994 terrorist attack against Argentina's Jewish community. President Fernández de Kirchner's announcement that Mr. Nisman's death was not a suicide raises troubling new questions. His investigation – which promised to shed light on new evidence about Iran’s role in the bombing – must continue and his findings must be made public to ensure that those responsible are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“The increasingly suspicious conditions surrounding Mr. Nisman’s death, just hours before he was scheduled to testify before the Argentine Congress, demand a thorough and transparent investigation. I urge the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires to take all possible steps to support an open and credible investigation.

“My thoughts are with Argentina’s Jewish community as it once again suffers the frustrations of not seeing justice served for the victims of the brutal 1994 attack. It has been said that Mr. Nisman is now the 86th victim of the AMIA terror attack and we must ensure that all questions surrounding their deaths are answered and that justice prevails.”