Spain's highest court to try Argentine 'torturer'

15th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 December 2005, MADRID — Spain's highest court is to continue proceedings against an alleged torturer from the 1970s dictatorship in Argentina.

15 December 2005

MADRID — Spain's highest court is to continue proceedings against an alleged torturer from the 1970s dictatorship in Argentina.

The Audiencia Nacional court signalled it would carry on with the case after judicial authorities in the South American nation said it was unlikely he would be prosecuted there.

The man accused in the case is Ricardo Miguel Cavallo, a former Argentine naval officer arrested in Mexico in 2000 at the request of a Spanish judge and extradited to Spain in 2003.

Cavallo is expected to face trial in Spain.

The court said that, after consulting with Argentine federal Judge Sergio Torres, who is presiding over the Navy Mechanics School case, it determined that Cavallo is unlikely to be prosecuted in the near future in Argentina, so it has jurisdiction to proceed.

According to the Spanish judiciary, Cavallo, also known as "Serpico," was a member from 1977 to 1980 of a "task force" at the notorious navy school-cum-jail where an estimated 5,000 suspected leftists were held.

Almost all were tortured, and many were summarily executed.

Some of the victims were Spanish nationals or had the right to Spanish citizenship.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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