Saturday, 7 March 2009

Argentina: Justice Debate (2)

Alongside its main article on the justice debate in Argentina (see my previous post), Critica Digital also publishes a "top ten" list of the worst cases it has found. Here's my translation of the gist, which I'll let speak for itself:

1. The case of the crimes committed in the Campo de Mayo during the dictatorship still does not have a state date. The Court in San Martín has a practical problem; it hasn't found a suitable room for the trial to take place in.
2. In Formosa, the federal court there is trying ex-governor Juan Carlos Colombo in a garage.
3. There is no concrete plan for the digitilisation of files.
4. In Jujuy, there are 115 cases involving violations of human rights, with a total of 158 victims. The local prosecutor ordered the number of cases to be reduced to six to speed up the process. Months later, no progress has been made.
5. In Tucuman, where the violence started, 600 cases of crimes against humanity are being processed. Almost all of them are in the hands of just one prosecutor and one federal judge.
6. Federal Court 4 in Buenos Aires has been focusing on the LAPA plane crash case for the past year, meaning that another court had to be located to take over other cases.
7. A similar situation is about to occur in Federal Court 5, which deals exclusively with crimes against humanity. It is about to take on the ESMA "megatrial", but it also had some other human rights cases open which will now have to be moved.
8. In Salta, the resignation of several judges has caused delays and confusion.
9. In San Martín, just two federal courts are expected to process 180,000 cases. According to official statistics, they receive 6,000 new cases each year.
10. In Cordoba, there are 19 cases pending regarding crimes committed in clandestine detention centres La Perla. In many of these, investigations have barely started.

(emphasis mine)

El top ten del default judicial
(Critica Digital)

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