Dutch court to reopen Argentinian 'junta pilot' case

8th December 2010, Comments 0 comments


An examining judge in the Netherlands will interrogate twelve witnesses in the case against Argentinian pilot Julio Poch, who has been accused of involvement of disappearances under the military regime in the late 1970s. Daily is reporting that the hearings will begin early next year and are expected to last twelve days.

The paper quotes sources at the Foreign Ministry saying that the Dutch government is reluctant to take up the case again after Mr Poch's extradition via Spain to Argentina. Authorities in the Latin American country were unable to trace any witnesses who are willing to declare that Mr Poch was involved in death flights under the military junta, when opponents of the regime were thrown into the ocean from planes.

The witnesses who will be heard by the Dutch judge are all Transavia pilots, like Mr Poch. They told national Duthc police that Argentinian-Dutch Mr Poch boasted about the flights at a dinner in Bali in 2003.

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