Argentine prosecutor threatened, found tied up in his office

May 4, 2017 14:35
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An Argentine prosecutor in charge of a probe into police corruption in Buenos Aires province was found tied up by an attacker who apparently entered and escaped through a window, local officials said on Wednesday (May 3).

Fernando Cartasegna was rushed to the hospital after he was found lying face down on the floor, with his arms and legs bound, in his office in the provincial capital La Plata, District Attorney Julio Conte Grande told reporters, adding he had not been seriously hurt.

The office had been locked from inside, suggesting the assailant had used a window in the late afternoon attack.

On Tuesday, Cartasegna said he was hit from behind with a police club in La Plata over the weekend. The attacker told him to drop the police corruption investigation or wind up like Alberto Nisman, a federal prosecutor found shot dead in his Buenos Aires apartment in 2015 while developing a case against then-President Cristina Fernandez, he added.

Pamphlets saying "Meet the Next Nisman" had recently been left on Cartasegna's home patio, he told local newspaper La Nacion in an interview published Wednesday morning. The word "Nisman" was spelled out with sugar in Cartasegna's office on Wednesday, Conte Grande said.

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