Money laundering probe in case of Argentine prosecutor

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Posted: Aug 28, 2015 8:17 PM
Money laundering probe in case of Argentine prosecutor

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine judge on Friday authorized a money laundering probe involving the prosecutor who died mysteriously while investigating the bombing of a Jewish center.

Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral approved a prosecution request to question relatives and associates of the late Alberto Nisman, including his mother, his sister and a man who had worked with Nisman.

Prosecutor Juan Pedro Zoni says investigators detected nearly $670,000 in suspicious movements though a New York account that Nisman opened in 2002. And he said Nisman appeared to be living above his means as a public employee.

Canicoba Corral ordered four people to testify, barred them from leaving Argentina and embargoed some of their assets. After questioning, the judge will determine if charges should be brought against Nisman's mother Sara Garfunkel, sister Sandra Nisman, informatics adviser Diego Lagomarsino and businessman Claudio Picon.

Nisman was found dead of a gunshot wound in his apartment on Jan. 18 and officials are still trying to determine if he killed himself or was murdered.

Four days earlier, he had accused President Cristina Fernandez of leading a plan to cover up the involvement of Iranians suspected in the 1994 attack on the Jewish center, which killed 85 people.

Fernandez has rejected the allegation and a federal judge threw out the case in February.