A locksmith has said the service door was not fully locked at the apartment where a crusading Argentinian prosecutor was found shot dead, and investigators have revealed the existence of a previously unknown entry, as more questions arose over the death of the man who had accused the president of a cover-up in a terrorist car bombing.

Alberto Nisman, who was set to testify to Congress on his allegations that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner conspired to protect Iranian officials blamed for Argentina’s worst terrorist attack, was found late on Sunday next to a .22-calibre handgun and a bullet casing on the floor of the bathroom of his flat in Buenos Aires.

Viviana Fein, lead investigator into Nisman’s death, said on Monday it appeared to be suicide and there were no indications anyone else was involved. The apartment’s door was locked from the inside and there were no signs it had been forced, she said.

But family and friends of Nisman immediately rejected the findings and protesters took to the streets demanding justice for the prosecutor who had spent 10 years investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

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