Argentinean Politics: House of Cards?
Andrea Castangola, UiB and Elin Skaar, CMI
On January 18, Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his home. This happened the exact day before he was to testify in Congress after he had accused Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of conspiring with Iran to subvert the prosecution of a 1994 terrorist attack at the Buenos Aires Jewish Centre, which had killed 85 people. The door to the room where Nisman’s dead body was found was locked from the inside, and the gun that killed him was found lying next to him. However, there was no gunshot residue on Nisman's hands, suggesting that he was not holding the gun when it was fired.
President Kirchner initially referred to Nisman's death as a suicide. However, in a statement issued a few days later, Kirchner changed her strategy and said that Nisman may have been "manipulated" and killed by forces seeking to undermine her. In January Kirchner proceeded to announce that she would dissolve the Argentinian intelligence service and replace it with a new federal intelligence agency. What is behind all this?
Andrea Castagnola, Argentinean political scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen will help us make sense of the current political scandal in Argentina. She will do so in a discussion with Elin Skaar, Senior Researcher at the CMI, who has worked extensively on legal politics in Latin America, including Argentina. This event is organised by Centre on Law & Social Transformation. Free and open for all. Welcome!