Prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s body was laid to rest today, eleven days after he was found dead in his Puerto Madero apartment with a gunshot to the head, in a case that has been labeled a “doubtful death”. The wake was last night in Nuñez and this morning his body was later moved to the La Tablada cemetery. Today, the contradictions in the investigation continue and pundits and politicians are still reacting to Diego Lagomarsino’s press conference yesterday.
NISMAN’S BODY WAS FINALLY BURIED TODAY AT THE LA TABLADA CEMETERY
Eleven days after he was found dead, Nisman was finally laid to rest. His body left the O’Higgins funeral home in Nuñez after 9 AM and was taken to the Jewish cemetery of La Tablada, in the Greater Buenos Aires area. Thousands of people stood by hours, waiting for the hearse to drive by and in order to pay their final respects along the way.
Last night, thousands of people approached the funeral home, some of them holding signs accusing the National Government of having blood on their hands and calling for justice. Some were waving Argentine flags, holding signs that read “We are all Nisman,” and even crying.
Jewish community leaders, the City’s Justice Ministry Guillermo Montenegro, Federal Judge Ariel Lijo and even US ambassador Noah Mamet showed up.
THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT HAPPY WITH LAGOMARSINO’S PRESS CONFERENCE
This morning, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich reacted to Diego Lagomarsino’s press conference from yesterday afternoon and said that he believed his attorney, Maximiliano Rusconi, had referred to the President in “inadequate terms”, after he accused her of lying.
“He has to be careful with those public statements,” he said adding that he was trying to make it look like the President was “lying”, when “all she did was stating a fact”. Capitanich was referring to the apparent contradiction that surfaced yesterday between President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and prosecutor Viviana Fein, after she assured that Nisman never changed his return date to Buenos Aires while being in Europe with his daughter. In fact, she said he chose his return date while he was still in Argentina. Last week, the President had posted a screenshot of a group message he allegedly sent to his close circle, in which he mentioned that he had been forced to change his return date and come back in a hurry.
Presidential Secretary Aníbal Fernández also commented on Lagomarsino and said he doesn’t buy his story, and accused him of being a member of the intelligence community. “I believe 98 percent of what he said is a lie,” Fernández said, although he admitted that if the prosecutor asks him to go testify in the Nisman case he would do so.
Yesterday, Lagomarsino’s attorney said that he would consider asking Fein to summon President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Aníbal Fernández in court.
THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL SHOWED UP AT THE WAKE. IT DIDN’T GO WELL.
Prosecutor General Alejandra Gils Carbó, a powerful woman close to the President, showed up at the wake in Nuñez to pay her respects. After all, prosecutor Alberto Nisman worked for her. Unfortunately things didn’t go well for her, since protesters were not happy with her being there.
Girls Carbó reached the funeral home around 10 PM, and people outside started heckling and insulting her. Others were pushing each other around in an effort to reach her vehicle and yell directly at her. Some were even kicking the car and calling her “murderer”. She left half an hour later.
Earlier, protesters had reacted negatively to a funeral wreath sent by her office. They ripped off its banner, which read the name of the Prosecutor General’s office.
TN MAY HAVE GONE TOO FAR WITH THIS ONE
We all know that the TN network, owned by Grupo Clarín, doesn’t get along with the National Government. And they usually exchange insults and standard chicanery to advance their agenda, and everything is fair game. Right?
And yet, this may have taken things to a whole new level. I give you House of K. It’s like House of Cards, only this one stars President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who’s pretty much a murderer, just like Frank Underwood is. According to what can be inferred by the following ad. Because the legal concept of “presumption of innocence” is for losers.
Seriously, guys? Come on now.
THE BUENOS AIRES HERALD PUBLISHED ANOTHER ARTICLE IN DEFENSE OF ITS STAFF
In an article titled “Just the Herald journalists trying to do their jobs“, the Buenos Aires Herald talks about its past and present, a history of exiled journalists and its commitment to supporting its staff when they are in trouble.
Just like yesterday’s editorial from Sebastián Lacunza, it is definitely worth a read to see that, while some of the paper’s (or the site’s) actions may have been questionable, it is a publication that’s far from throwing its people to the wolves.