• Short Summary

    In Buenos Aires crowds waited outside the Palace of Justice as a panel of judges considered its verdict in the trial of five people in connection with the kidnapping of a former President, General Pedro Eugenio Aramburu.

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    In Buenos Aires crowds waited outside the Palace of Justice as a panel of judges considered its verdict in the trial of five people in connection with the kidnapping of a former President, General Pedro Eugenio Aramburu.

    The verdict -- three of the accused, including a Catholic priest, were found guilty. Two women were acquitted of charges of complicity.

    The 65-year-old retired general was kidnapped from his Buenos Aires flat on May the 29th. Seven weeks later his lime-covered body was found buried in the cellar of a farmhouse.

    The judges gave their verdict on Wednesday, December the 16th.

    Television scriptwriter Carlos Maquid, aged 27 was sentenced to 18 years' jail for complicity in the kidnapping . He was also found guilty of complicity in the killing of the former President.

    Ignacio Velez, also 27, received a 32-month sentence for complicity in the kidnapping. And 46-year-old Father Alberto Carbone was given a two-year suspended sentence as an accessory after the fact in the kidnapping.

    Maguid's 28-year-old wife, Nora Arrostito de Maguid, and 20-year-old Ana Mario Portnoy, were acquitted of charges of complicity.

    The prosecution had asked for life sentences for Maguid and Velez, eight years jail for Father Carbone, seven years for Mrs Maguid and six for Miss Portnoy.

    General Aramburu headed a military government which ruled Argentina for 30 months after President Peron was deposed in 1955. In a statement to the press, people who claimed to be his kidnappers said he was executed in retaliation for the execution 14 years ago of 27 leaders of an abortive coup against his government.

    Police are still searching for eight people believed to be implicated in the kidnapping.

    The trial of the five defendants was the first held under a new law requiring persons charged with involvement in terrorist activities to be tried in public by an appeals court whose finding is final.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7IIPYU8ZJMCQ2NZKWZO98E4XR
    Media URN:
    VLVA7IIPYU8ZJMCQ2NZKWZO98E4XR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
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    N/A

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