Diego Lagomarsino, assistant of late prosecutor Alberto Nisman speaks during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Jan. 28, 2015.
David Fernandez—EPA
By Noah Rayman
January 29, 2015

The man who lent Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman the gun that killed him said Nisman had told him he was afraid for his family’s life.

Diego Lagomarsino said at a news conference on Wednesday that he lent the pistol to Nisman, his employer who was found dead in his apartment on Jan. 18, after the prosecutor told him he did not even trust the bodyguards, Reuters reports.

“At this point, he cracked up, and said: ‘Do you know what it is like for your children not to want to be with you just in case something happens to them?” Lagomarsino said, according to Reuters.

Lagomarsino was charged on Tuesday with illegally lending a weapon that was registered in his name, becoming the only person so far charged in Nisman’s mysterious death, which investigators initially indicated was a suicide while others, including President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, say they believe he was murdered.

Nisman was investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and was set to testify before Congress the day after he died about his allegations that Fernández covered up Iran’s alleged involvement in the attack.

[Reuters]

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