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ARGENTINA | 29-11-2017 09:50

Historic ESMA verdict due today

The historic 5-year trial concludes today with verdicts on crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the 54 surviving defendants at Buenos Aires's ESMA torture centre.

The court trying former military and police personnel for their involvement in crimes against humanity at the former ESMA concentration camp in Buenos Aires will this afternoon hand down its sentence.

Fifty-four people are on trial over crimes, many of which have been proven in separate trials, that saw approximately 5,000 of the former dictatorship’s political enemies tortured and disappeared.

Human rights leaders and survivor told the Times that they are specifically concerned about the prospect that the court will be lenient on those involved in the so-called “death flights”, which the Navy instrumented to dispose of victims’ bodies.

“We’re nervous and a little concerned about the death flights”, Vera Jarach, Mother of Plaza de Mayo-Founding Line, told the Times. “Rumours have reached me about an unfavourable verdict”.

A survivor with close connections in the Comodoro Py courthouse, requesting to remain anonymous, also confirmed the rumours.

-TIMES

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