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    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

    A judge has excused Lieutenant Alfredi Astiz from attending an identity parade in connection with the disappearance of a Swedish teenager in 1977.

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    SVs PAN People gathered outside courtroom (2 shots) 0.11
    SV Luis Zamora, prosecution lawyer, speaking (Spanish SOT) 0.49
    SVs man shouting "Viva Alfredo Astiz" (Long Live Alfredo Astiz) as police restrain crowd (2 shots) 1.23

    Background: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

    A judge has excused Lieutenant Alfredi Astiz from attending an identity parade in connection with the disappearance of a Swedish teenager in 1977. The disappearance occurred at the height of the former Argentine military regime's "dirty war" against civilian opponents, and Astiz has been widely accused of playing a leading role in the campaign of repression and torture. Luis Zamora, lawyer for the family of the 17-year-old Swede, Dagmar Hagelin, accused the judge of bowing to pressure from the Navy. Astiz, arrested on December 9, was due to take part in an identity parade before witnesses to the alleged wounding and abduction of the girl. But the judge allowed witnesses to identify him from photographs. Hagelin was among about 9,000 people who disappeared during the anti-subversion campaign in the 1970s. On December 10, Argentine admirals held an urgent meeting to discuss Ortiz's arrest. Government sources said Navy Chief Ramon Arosa was among the admirals who met to discuss their opposition to trials of middle-ranking officers for human rights violations during the anti-subversion campaign. The meeting, which could presage a clash with the civilian government of President Raul Alfonsin, came on the first anniversary of this inauguration. Astiz was cleared in the Hagelin case by a military court in 1981, which concluded he did nothing more than carry out orders. He drew international attention after his capture by the British during the 1982 war between Britain and Argentina over the Falklands (Malvinas) Islands. Both France and Sweden asked to question him while he was being held as a prisoner of war, but Britain refused. Astiz also faces charges arising from the disappearance of two French nuns and ten Argentines in late 1977."

    Source: REUTERS - HECTOR LOPEZ

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    Film ID:
    VLVASY9ROB9O43SCNNRLIBGMO9O
    Media URN:
    VLVASY9ROB9O43SCNNRLIBGMO9O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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