Dutch refuse to try alleged Argentina death pilot
A Dutch judge Friday turned down a request from a pilot accused of taking part in "death flights" during Argentina's dictatorship to be tried in the Netherlands.The Hague - A Dutch judge Friday turned down a request from a pilot accused of taking part in "death flights" during Argentina's dictatorship to be tried in the Netherlands.
Julio Alberto Poch, who has Dutch and Argentinian nationality, was arrested in Spain in September and his defence team asked the Dutch authorities to apply for his extradition to the Netherlands.
A court in The Hague ruled against him, saying in a statement: "P's requests are rejected."
Poch, 57, a former lieutenant in the Argentinian navy, is wanted by the South American state over four criminal cases involving crimes committed under the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1976 to 1983.
A preliminary inquiry was opened in 2006 by Dutch prosecutors following witness statements implicating Poch in the "death flights", in which prisoners were drugged and thrown alive from military planes into the sea.
At Buenos Aires' request, police arrested Poch, a pilot for the Dutch low-cost airline Transavia, as he was preparing to take off from Valencia, eastern Spain.
Madrid approved his extradition to Argentina on October 31.
Some 30,000 people went missing during the Argentina's military dictatorship, according to rights groups.