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Uruguayan prosecutor opposed to closing cases of dictatorship murders

Montevideo, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) The prosecutor for crimes against humanity in Uruguay, Ricardo Perciballe, slammed as unsustainable that the justice system shelved the case of the last mortal victim of the dictatorship in the country.

It is the case of Vladimir Roslik, an Uruguayan doctor son of Russian emigrants linked to the Communist Party, murdered by torture inflicted in Infantry Battalion 9, in 1984, a year before the return to democracy.

One of those responsible for the murder was sentenced by a military court to four months and 18 days in prison, which an ordinary civilian court took into account to consider it ‘res judicata’.

Without giving up, Perciballe appealed to the Court of Appeals, which ruled against it, and the Supreme Court of Justice did the same later on.

In statements to Brecha weekly he said that military justice could not be transferred to civilian courts, and there was lack of guarantees and an effective investigation, since the only people whose testimonies were taken belonged to the armed forces without listening to the victims, the wife of the deceased and other detainees.

He pointed out that the file already showed that those responsible for the interrogation were not only the persons who were tried and that there was a group of persons, mostly officers, who took part in the torture.