In an unexpected turn of events, judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado offered a live press conference to announce the results of an independent autopsy which concludes, without a doubt, that prosecutor Alberto Nisman”was murdered”.
Arroyo Salgado, Nisman’s former partner and a San Isidro judge, presented in court today the full results of an independent autopsy conducted by analysts appointed by her after she announced last January that she was becoming a plaintiff in the case investigating the prosecutor’s death.
“Nisman didn’t commit suicide and his death wasn’t an accident” she said. “He was murdered. We deserve answers”.
The judge, who is also representing Nisman’s daughters, added some shocking details during the press conference about the independent autopsy that largely differ from the initial conclusions included in the official report, which has not been released to the public yet.
- “Information saying that Nisman was inebriated at the time of his death was false. Toxicology reports proved the presence of an undetermined amount of caffeine and alcohol in his stomach compatible with a minimum consumption or usually found due to natural fermentation of ingested food”. (Today this information was corrected by website Infojus Noticias).
- Nisman died 36 hours before the autopsy (with a four-hour margin of error). So he could have died at 4 PM, 8 PM or midnight on Saturday, January 17th.
- The bullet’s trajectory was right to left and it took an upward course from the back to the front of the head.
- “The position in which Nisman’s body was found is not how he died. His body was moved“.
- The .22 caliber gun found right next to him is indeed the gun that fired the fatal shot that ended the prosecutor’s life. Electronic sweep didn’t show traces of gunpowder on his hands.
- “The official autopsy report indicated that Nisman’s body showed signs of cadaveric spasm (or instantaneous rigidity) in the right hand, which would suggest suicide, but we can now say for certain that this was wrong. Agony is incompatible with cadaveric spasm and Nisman died in agony, which was proven by the heavy external bleeding”.
While the official investigation was not ruling out murder, the possibility of suicide was still being considered. This 100-page independent study categorically concludes that the prosecutor was murdered and rules out the possibility that Nisman killed himself.
This independent autopsy, which has not been released to the public, is legally non-binding so it’s now up to the prosecution to accept it as a valid part of the investigation.
Arroyo Salgado said that coming up with these conclusions was “very painful for them” and clarified that “the only condition in the investigation was that forensic experts search, without any preconditions, for the truth”.
“Nisman’s death is a magnicide that deserves answers from the republic’s institutions,” she said.
Her press conference in full below: