Argentina: Ex-Spy Chief Called To Testify In Prosecutor Death Case
Women holds sign that reads in Spanish; "Argentine justice stinks," second left, "and "Justice for Nisman," right, during a march for justice and against impunity in the case of the mysterious death of late prosecutor Alberto Nisman, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.Rodrigo Abd / AP
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The recently deposed intelligence operative who has been accused by Argentina's president of involvement in the mysterious death of a prosecutor was being called to talk with the head of the investigation.
Antonio "Jaime" Stiuso had been called to speak with Viviana Fein, the lead investigator in the death of Alberto Nisman. The prosecutor was found shot dead in his apartment Jan. 18, hours before he was to detail allegations that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner helped shield Iranian officials connected to the 1994 terrorist bombing of a Jewish community that killed 85.
Argentina's president has suggested that Stiuso, who oversaw a vast wire-tapping operation according to reports, was involved in Nisman's death, though she has not said how. Stiuso had been removed from his post late last year.
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Nisman had accused Fernandez de Kirchner and other government officials of agreeing to cover up Iran's involvement in the bombing in exchange for trade benefits, especially in oil. The government has vehemently denied the accusations.
Conspiracy theories have swirled around Nisman's death. Authorities initially said he likely committed suicide, but his supporters insisted the prosecutor would not have killed himself.
Stiuso's lawyer told Radio Vorterix that as of Thursday morning his client had not received a summons but he would talk to investigators if he is officially summoned.