Thursday, 4 February 2010

Argentina: Campo de Mayo Trial Update

The prosecution today demanded a jail sentence of 25 years for Argentina's last dicator, Reynaldo Bignone, and five other former generals. The elderly men are accused of being ultimately responsible for 25 cases of forced disappearance and dozens of cases of torture, illegal detentions and robbery committed in the detention centre known as Campo de Mayo.

Pedido de 25 años de carcel para el ultimo dictador (Pagina/12)
El estado pidio 25 años de prision para Bignone (Critica Digital)

The disappeared were also present in the public gallery of the trial:

(image from Colectivo Ex Presos Pol. y Sobrevivientes Rosario)

The photographs of the disappeared, which have featured in the marches of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo, on the bodies of relatives, and on the Internet, are now watching over the courtroom, having lost none of their symbolic power.

In another act of public, visual protest, the organisation of children of the disappeared, HIJ@S, is also drawing attention to the ongoing legal process:

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