In Summary
  • Calls have gone out on social media for a demonstration Saturday in downtown Buenos Aires against the government of President Alberto Fernandez
  • Predictably, the series -- which highlights the role played in the AMIA investigation by the intelligence services and the CIA -- has caused a storm of reaction on Twitter
  • The prosecutor's body was found in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment with a gunshot wound to the head, delivered at close range from a handgun found at his side

Five years after the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman after he accused then-president Cristina Kirchner of a cover-up in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, a Netflix documentary has revived debate in the country still bitterly divided over the case.

"The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy" -- a six-part docuseries by British filmmaker Justin Webster, examines the prosecutor's still unsolved death only days after he accused Kirchner of colluding with Iran to allow the alleged authors of the bombing to go free.

Calls have gone out on social media for a demonstration Saturday in downtown Buenos Aires against the government of President Alberto Fernandez -- whose vice-president is Kirchner -- to mark the anniversary of his death.

Jewish organisations -- angered that no one has ever been convicted of the bombing -- and Nisman's family will participate in a separate event at the prosecutor's grave.

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The decision not to take part in the anti-government protest was announced after the government said Fernandez would visit Israel and take part in an international forum to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Argentina's 300,000-member Jewish community is the largest in Latin America.

The July 1994 bombing at the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA), a community centre, remains the deadliest terror strike in the country's history: it killed 85 people and wounded 300.

After a botched investigation tainted by corruption allegations, Nisman was appointed to lead a new probe.

In 2006, he accused Iran of ordering the attack via the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

But his efforts to prosecute five Iranian officials, including former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, were cut short when Kirchner's administration signed a deal with Iran to set up a Tehran-based joint commission to investigate the attacks.

Nisman accused Kirchner of sealing the deal in exchange for oil and trade benefits, basing his accusations on hundreds of hours of wiretaps.

Kirchner dismissed the allegations as part of a plot by disgruntled intelligence agents to discredit her.

Days later, on January 19, 2015 -- and just before he was to present his findings to Congress -- the prosecutor's body was found in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment with a gunshot wound to the head, delivered at close range from a handgun found at his side.

An initial autopsy concluded Nisman was alone.

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