BUENOS AIRES – Lower court Judge Fabiana Palmaghini who is overseeing the investigation into the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman on Tuesday declared herself “unfit” to try the case, state news agency Telman reported. The move effectively pushes the case to federal court.
Palmaghini’s decision comes a day after she heard testimony by South American nation’s most famous spymaster, Antonio Stiuso, about his relationship with Nisman. Stiuso had assisted Nisman’s investigation of the unsolved 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center. Nisman was found shot dead in his apartment on Jan. 18, 2015. Days before his death, Nisman accused then-President Cristina Fernandez of helping Iranian officials cover up Iran’s alleged role in the bombing that killed 85 people. The case against Fernandez was later thrown out.