Argentina 'rejects' German extradition request

24th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2005, BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's justice department has rejected a request from Germany for the extradition of two military officials who served during the military dictatorship from 1976-1983, broadcast reports said Tuesday.

24 August 2005

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's justice department has rejected a request from Germany for the extradition of two military officials who served during the military dictatorship from 1976-1983, broadcast reports said Tuesday.

Germany has charged that the two men - former General Juan Bautista Sasiain and retired Major Pedro Alberto Durán Saenz - were involved in the kidnapping and murder of the German student Elisabeth Kaesemann on May 24, 1977.

Sasiain was police chief of the Province of Buenos Aires at the time and Saenz held the command of the secret torture facility, 'El Vesubio'.

There was no official confirmation of the broadcast report. The broadcaster, Cronica, said the extradition application failed to satisfy formal requirements.

Just two weeks ago, Argentinian justice officials turned down another request from Germany for the extradition of former dictator Jorge Videla and a former member of the junta, Emilio Massera, in connection with the disappearance of Kaesemann and the German Klaus Zieschank.

Both men are the subject of investigations within Argentina in connection with the military dictatorship, said federal Judge Sergio Torres in explaining the rejection.

DPA

Subject: German news

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