Argentine Judge Declares Herself 'Unfit' to Try Nisman Case

Recuse by Judge Fabiana Palmaghini comes a day after she heard testimony by South American nation's most famous spymaster about his relationship with Nisman.

Jewish protesters at the AMIA community center in Buenos Aires in January 2015.
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The judge in Argentina overseeing the investigation into the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman has declared herself "unfit" to try the case.

The state news agency Telman says lower court Judge Fabiana Palmaghini made the decision Tuesday. 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.