[gha] Iranian “defector” assassinated Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman

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  • Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:08:24 +0200

A fake Iranian “defector” assassinated Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2015, 7:56 PM (IDT)

Tags:  Alberto Nisman,  Argentina,  Iranian terror,  Intelligence,   

The murder weapon, Alberto Nisman's borrowed Bersa .22

A special investigation conducted by DEBKAfile’s intelligence, Iranian and 
counter-terror sources has discovered that the Argentine-Jewish prosecutor 
Natalio Alerto Nisman, 51, was murdered on Jan. 18 by an Iranian agent, who had 
won his trust by posing as a defector under the assumed name of Abbas 
Haqiqat-Ju. His killer struck hours before Nisman showed the Argentine 
parliament evidence that President Cristina Kirchner and Foreign Minister 
Hector Timerman had covered up Iran’s complicity in the country’s worst ever 
terrorist attack, the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center 
in which 85 people died, two years after 29 people were killed by a blast at 
the Israeli embassy.
Nisman’s evidence had it been presented would have ultimately proved Iran's 
culpability in the two terrorist attacks.
According to our investigation, two Iranian Intelligence Ministers, the 
incumbent Mahmoud Alavi and his predecessor Hojjat-ol-Eslam Heydar Moslehi, had 
for nine years wracked their brains for a way to silence the Jewish prosecutor, 
ever since he began probing the two attacks. They worked hand in glove with 
senior Argentinean government and intelligence agencies.
(In Iran, intelligence ministers take their orders directly from supreme leader 
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei although they attend cabinet meetings.)

Tehran's clandestine hand deep in the Americas
Nisman had made the powers-that-be in Tehran jittery, because a) he was 
ambitious, honest and a courageous searcher after the truth; b) he was Jewish 
and had active connections with Israel; and c) in pursuit of his inquiry, he 
spread his net wide to include contacts with the Israeli Mossad and the 
American CIA.

Furthermore, in 2006, after three years on the job, the prosecutor had put 
together an intelligence file on the unbelievable scope of Iranian intelligence 
penetration, using Lebanese Hizballah agents, deep into the government and 
intelligence establishments of many Latin American countries - not only 
Argentina, but also Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Surinam, Trinidad-Tobago and Guyana.
No sooner was this file put before the government in Buenos Aires when it was 
locked away to prevent its publication.

Undeterred, Nisman went to New York in 2007 and put the contents of his file 
orally before senior CIA officials and UN Secretariat bureaucrats. His briefing 
also uncovered scores of Iranian diplomats and agents operating in the United 
States under cover out the Pakistani embassy in Washington.

It is hardly surprising that in no time, the information leaked from the UN 
Secretariat to Tehran, adding to the urgency of getting rid of this thorn in 
the side of the Islamic Revolution’s clandestine operations against the West.

Bribery wouldn’t work on Nisman

Iran’s security organs are no strangers to political assassination at home and 
among its exile communities, in such places as France, Austria and Germany.
But at first, they tried to win the Argentinean round by bribery, which had 
always worked before in Buenos Aires. For $10 million, Carlos Saul Menem 
(Argentine president from 1989 to 1999) and his minions agreed to close the 
investigation of the two terrorist bombings in its tracks.
Tehran handled President Kirchner differently. She was promised economic and 
trade benefits for Argentina, along with financial perks for government and 
intelligence heads.
DEBKAfile’s Buenos Aires sources report that, at first, Kirchner feared that 
Nisman’s sudden demise would bring her under suspicion at the cost of her 
presidency. But Tehran assured her through their private channels of 
communication that the deed would be accomplished cleanly without leaving the 
slightest trace. Some of the heads of Argentine intelligence eagerly adopted 
the assassination plan and offered their assistance.

The first step was taken in 2010 when an Iranian contacted prosecutor Nisman to 
request a secret meeting. He presented himself as a former high Iranian 
intelligence official who had defected, fled to Denmark and was willing to fly 
to Buenos Aires with a valuable cache of confidential documents relating to the 
Jewish Center bombing.

Fake defector spent 4 years to build trust

He claimed that those documents exposed in detail the complicity in the crime 
of Mohsen Rabbani, then senior intelligence official at the Iranian embassy in 
the Argentine capital.
According to DEBKAfile’s inquiry, Rabbani was the senior plotter of the 
The agreed rendezvous took place in Buenos Aires. The phony “defector,” who 
introduced himself as “Abbas Haqiqat-Ju,” handed Nisman genuine documents 
containing evidence of Iran’s involvement in the bombings. This consolidated 
his role as an enemy of the regime who was ready to betray its secrets.

In a relationship lasting four years, the phony defector convinced the 
prosecutor of his good faith. The Argentinean called on the help of colleagues 
in friendly agencies to check some of the confidential material he was given 
and found them to be the real article. Ergo, their donor was a genuine Iranian 
By December 2014, Nissen was ready to submit a finished 300-page report 
documenting his findings on Kirchner’s role in covering up the investigation of 
Iran’s terrorist crimes two decades after the event.
Tehran decided that the bird was ready for plucking and it was time for 
Haqiqat-Ju to cash in on his long investment in trust-building.
In a secret call to Nisman, the fake defector reported that a fellow 
high-ranking Iranian intelligence officer had managed to flee Tehran with a 
suitcase full of very important papers that shed valuable light on the criminal 
collaboration between Argentinean security agencies and Iranian operatives in 
the bombing attack on the Jewish center.

Three knocks on the door to murder
He explained that the second defector required a sterile location for their 
meeting. Haqiqat-Ju warned the prosecutor that he must keep mum about the 
rendezvous. Argentine intelligence was riddled with Iranian agents and the 
slightest hint of the meeting would give the game away to Tehran. Above all, if 
he wanted to see the new documents, he must get rid of the 10 bodyguards 
assigned him and be alone when the guest arrived at his home on the 13th floor 
of the Le Parc tower in the Buenos Aires district of Puerto Madero.

That guest would signal his arrival with three knocks on the door. Nisman must 
not let the Iranian wait but admit him at once.

Before setting the scene for the assassination, Haqiqat-Ju had secretly rented 
an apartment next door.

It was he who knocked on the door three times on Jan. 18. The prosecutor opened 
the door to his murderer. As his confidant, he knew exactly where the small gun 
Nisman had borrowed from a friend was to be found and used it to shoot him dead.

The Iranian assassin then escaped through the central heating system connecting 
the two flats and assumed a disguise. His Argentinean confederates had earlier 
disarmed the security cameras in the building and so he was able to walk out, 
reach the airport and fly out on a false passport to Montevideo, thence to 
Dubai and finally to Tehran.  
His murderer was long gone when the prosecutor was found lifeless in a pool of 
blood in his bathroom, killed by a single bullet to the head from a small 
.22-caliber gun. On Feb. 18, hundreds of thousands of people marched in his 
honor in Buenos Aires and called for justice.

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