Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner first called the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman a suicide. Now she’s calling it a murder. Nisman, who had accused the current administration of helping Iran cover up its alleged involvement in an attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish cultural center in the 1990s, was set to testify Monday before legislators regarding the case. That is until he was found in his apartment with a bullet through his head.

In her revised statement regarding Nisman’s death, Fernández asserted, “They used him while he was alive and then they needed him dead.” But who “they” is remains unclear.

The New York Times:

Confronted with a deepening scandal, the president of Argentina abruptly reversed herself on Thursday, saying that the death of a prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center was not a suicide as she and other government officials had asserted.

The change of position by the president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, added a major new twist into the death of the prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, who was found dead in his luxury apartment in Buenos Aires late Sunday of a gunshot wound to the head.

Mr. Nisman has long accused Iran of planning and financing the attack, which left 85 people dead. But this month he intensified his claims, accusing Mrs. Kirchner and top aides of trying to subvert his 10-year investigation into the bombing — allegations that the government has flatly rejected.

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