Government asks Brazil to extradite suspect accused of ESMA crimes
Gonzalo Sánchez, who was arrested in Rio de Janeiro last week, is wanted for a raft of crimes committed during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, including the murders of Rodolfo Walsh and Dagmar Hagelin.
Argentina has asked Brazil to extradite Gonzalo Sánchez, the former naval officer implicated in dictatorship-era crimes following his arrest in Rio de Janeiro, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
Sánchez, who was arrested in Rio last week, is wanted for a raft of crimes committed during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, including the murders of famed journalist and writer Rodolfo Walsh and a young Swedish-Argentine woman, Dagmar Hagelin.
"The Foreign Ministry notified our Embassy in Brasilia that it considers Gonzalo Sánchez a fugitive in judicial investigations into crimes committed within the scope of the Navy Mechanics School (ESMA)," a statement said.
The 69-year-old, who was also known as "Chispa," faces a string of charges. He is suspected of forming part of a group that participated in kidnappings, torture and murder during the campaign of state terrorism. Human rights groups estimate some 30,000 were "disappeared" during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.