No Forgiveness for the Torture Police’… Argentinian Police Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Anti-Human Rights Crimes 46 years ago

A former police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes against human rights, including kidnapping and torturing dissidents during the Argentine military dictatorship.

According to an Argentinian news agency team, a federal court in Buenos Aires sentenced Mario Sandoval (69) to 15 years in prison on the 21st (local time) on the 21st (local time) for kidnapping, torturing, and disappearing student activists during the Argentine military dictatorship in 1976. The court explained that “I illegally deprived civil liberties with my status as a public official.”

Mario Sandoval was accused of repressing and torturing hundreds of pro-democracy activists during Argentina’s military regime from 1976 to 1983. However, this trial only dealt with the case of Hernán Abriata, a college student who went missing after being forcibly taken by the police in October 1976.

Sandoval was active in Esma, the most notorious secret prison for detention and torture during the Argentine military dictatorship. It is estimated that more than 5,000 people who opposed the then-military regime were taken to Esma, and only about 100 survived. Those brought to Esma were interrogated and tortured, and many were reportedly killed by being thrown from aircraft into the sea.

Survivors testified that Sandoval was one of Esma’s most notorious torturers. According to survivors, he tied prisoners to metal bed frames and tortured them with electricity, earning them the nickname “Grilled Steak.”

Sandoval fled Argentina to France in 1985, two years after the fall of the military regime. He had since taken citizenship in France and worked as a defense and security consultant before becoming a university lecturer. After a lengthy legal process, he was extradited to Argentina in 2019 to stand trial.

Sandoval vehemently denied the allegations and maintained his innocence. He said, “I express regret and regret the suffering of the Abriata family, but I was not the one who went to his house and arrested him at the time.” “My freedom and honor were damaged by this trial.”

The victim’s lawyer said, “It was a very long time for justice,” and “the bereaved family identified those responsible for the abduction.”

“This ruling shows the importance of continuing to seek justice everywhere,” said Argentinian Human Rights Minister Horacio Corti.

In Argentina, the military ruled from 1976 to 1983, with soldiers, including Jorge Rafael Videla, taking turns in power. About 3,000 people were executed during this period, and 30,000 went missing. After democratization, Argentina created the ‘National Committee for Truth Investigation of Missing Persons’ to investigate various crimes committed by the military. After the repeal of the Amnesty Act in 2006 resumed prosecution of key figures in the dictatorship, more than 1,000 people were convicted, and 500 are still under investigation.

Source : https://www.khan.co.kr/world/world-general/article/202212251625001

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