Argentina’s Federal Penitentiary Service (SPF) is considering releasing up to 96 convicted human rights violators including the infamous former Navy officer Alfredo Astiz.
The news comes just days before the 42nd anniversary of the country's 1976 coup d’état which installed a brutal eight-year military dictatorship.
Already the news had sparked controversy because of the inclusion of Jorge “El Tigre” Acosta, Carlos Capdevilla, Antonio Pernías and Adolfo Donda, in the SPF’s list of 1,436 inmates considered eligible for house arrest or release.
The latest list was prepared on March 8 and places Astiz in a list of “cancer patients” alongside another 16 prisoners, seven of which are human rights violators, Infobae reported.
Astiz is infamous for having infiltrated the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo in 1977 by pretending to be the brother of a disappeared one.
Having gained the trust of the Mothers and their collaborators, the then-Navy officer went about planning the kidnapping and murder of the group’s leadership: Azucena Villaflor, Mary Ponce de Bianco and Esther Ballestrino de Careaga.