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Hundreds of thousands rally in Buenos Aires to remember dead prosecutor
More than 250,000 people have participated in a silent march in Buenos Aires to demand justice for Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Nisman was found dead in his house last month.
Participants gathered amid heavy rain before the Argentinian Congress building and marched to the historic Plaza del Mayo. Although most protestors marched silently, some voices were heard, saying "Nunca mas" (never again), referring to the death of Nisman, who was investigating a murky case involving President Cristina Kirchner.
Nisman's two daughters and his ex-wife Judge Sandra Arroyo Delgado were also present in the rally.
"I am here because I want to see justice done for someone who gave his life for the truth," teacher Marta Canepa, who participated in the march, told news agency AFP.
'No conspiracy,' says Kirchner
President Kirchner addressed the nation hours before Wednesday's gathering, suggesting that outside interests were behind the scandal. "I ask you to open your eyes…I am not talking about conspiracies. It is a world of interests that want to subordinate others," she said.
The 51-year-old prosecutor was found last month in his apartment in Buenos Aires with a bullet through his head on January 18. Authorities were investigating whether he committed suicide or whether there was any foul play.
He was to attend a congressional hearing the next day on his finding that President Kirchner and her foreign minister had plotted to shield Iranian officials implicated in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish-Argentine charity organization called AMIA. 85 people died in the attack, considered the worst in Argentina's history.
President Kirchner and her foreign minister Hector Timerman were formally charged last week for the cover up, which critics say was a secret deal to defuse allegations against Iranian citizens in exchange for oil and trade agreements.
mg/rc (AFP, dpa)
Source: Deutsche Welle