A body found in a farmhouse on Thursday (16 July) was positively identified as that of former Argentine President Pedro Eugenio Aramburu at a Buenos Aires military hospital.
A body found in a farmhouse on Thursday (16 July) was positively identified as that of former Argentine President Pedro Eugenio Aramburu at a Buenos Aires military hospital. On Friday (17 July) thousands of mourners, among them high-ranking Argentine officials and relatives of the former President, went to a convent chapel where the body lay in state to pay their last respects.
Former President Aramburu, a 65-year-old retired army general, ruled Argentina for 30 months after the overthrow of strong-man Juan Peron in 1955. His body was found buried in the cellar of an empty farmhouse 240 miles (380 kms) west of Buenos Aires on Thursday, almost seven weeks after he was kidnapped from his flat in the capital by two armed men dressed in army uniforms.
The former President's widow and daughter were among the mourners at the chapel. Others who paid their respects were the former President's sister-in-law, and Admiral Rojas and General Alvaro Alsogaray.
A group claiming to be pre-Peronists said he was executed on June 1 in retaliation for the execution 14 years ago of 27 leaders of an abortive coup against his government.
Police investigations into the kidnapping were at standstill until last week when a left-wing urban guerilla gunned down by police made a death-bed confession admitting he was one of the two men who kidnapped the former President.
Following the confession, seven people, including a priest and a photographer were arrested in connection with the kidnapping.
The former President's funeral was scheduled for Saturday (18 July).