Argentina Tells US, Israel to Stay out of Its Affairs
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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that the U.S. government is “concerned” about the rule of law in Argentina, after the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman.
Nisman, a state prosecutor appointed by Fernandez’s late husband to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, was found dead one day before he was to address Argentina’s Congress regarding his accusation that President Cristina Fernandez had plotted a cover up Iranian involvement in the bombing.
Fernandez had called Nisman’s accusation of an attempted cover-up “absurd.”
Speaking at an event at the Atucha nuclear complex Wednesday, President Fernandez rebuffed the remarks from Washington.
"I can go to any country in the world, including those who launch missiles and have secret prisons, stand in front of them and say that here reigns the law and no Argentine can be detained except by a judge and if there is in effect the constitutional guarantees," Fernandez said."That is why our foreign minister sent these letters, and why we say that no one should bring us conflicts that are not ours.”
Argentine officials say the United States and Israel – who had been feeding information to Nisman prior to his death – are using the South American country as a site of confrontation with Iran.
On Tuesday, Argentina Foreign Minister Hector Timerman sent letters to the foreign ministries of the United States and Israel, in which he reaffirmed that "Argentina is not to be used as a place of confrontation."
Buenos Aires has repeatedly stated it was not interfering in the investigation, and has already appointed a replacement for Nisman to continue the investigation on the bombing.
Earnest’s remarks coincided with a march organized by the opposition, some of whom claim Nisman was murdered. The government says it respects the right of citizens to march.
"I don't want to give it any value, nor downplay its importance," the president's Chief of Staff Anibal Fernandez told reporters. "It's the expression of people who have the right to do so."