Police find remains in 'murdered nuns' case

28th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

BUENOS AIRES, July 27 (AFP) - Forensic anthropologists are examining remains exhumed from a Argentine communal grave to see if they belong to French nuns Leonie Duquet and Alice Domon, who disappeared in 1977 during the country's 'Dirty War', one of the scientists told AFP Wednesday.

BUENOS AIRES, July 27 (AFP) - Forensic anthropologists are examining remains exhumed from a Argentine communal grave to see if they belong to French nuns Leonie Duquet and Alice Domon, who disappeared in 1977 during the country's 'Dirty War', one of the scientists told AFP Wednesday.

Forensic team member Luis Fondebrider said it was the team's "working hypothesis" that the remains, which have been sent for DNA analysis, belong to the nuns.

The remains were discovered recently in an unmarked grave in a cemetery 400 kilometres (249 miles) south of Buenos Aires, said Fondebrider.

Domon and Duquet are believed to have been kidnapped and killed in December 1977 at the height of the Argentine military dictatorship's brutal campaign against dissidents and leftists.

Some estimates say government agents killed as many as 30,000 people during the Dirty War.

In 1990 a French court tried and convicted in absentia notorious Argentine naval officer Alfredo Astiz, known as the "blond angel of death," for the murder of the two nuns.

After refusing French requests to extradite him, last year Argentina put Astiz on trial for the kidnapping and murder of 12 people, including the two nuns.

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