Maxima's father to testify about kidnapping

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6 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Princess Maxima's father, Jorge Zorreguieta, has been summonsed to appear before an Argentinean federal court in connection with the kidnapping and disappearance in 1976 of an employee of an agriculture institute he oversaw while serving as a civilian minister in the bloody Videla military junta.

6 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — Princess Maxima's father, Jorge Zorreguieta, has been summonsed to appear before an Argentinean federal court in connection with the kidnapping and disappearance in 1976 of an employee of an agriculture institute he oversaw while serving as a civilian minister in the bloody Videla military junta.

Zorreguieta has been summonsed as "a witness" and has not yet been called to the court as a suspect because it is presumed that he can supply information about the kidnapping, newspaper De Volkskrant reported Wednesday.

Biologist Marta Sierra, 36, was employed at the National Institute for Agriculture Technology (INTA), which came under Zorreguieta's jurisdiction. Zorreguita served as State Secretary for Agriculture in the regime headed by Lt. General Jorge Rafael Videla.

Sierra, 30, was breastfeeding her son when secret service troops entered her house and took her away on 30 March 1976. Just six days before Videla's coup had toppled Isabel Martínez de Perón from power.

The day after Sierra's kidnapping, the INTA sacked her for security reasons when it applied the "anti-subversives law".

Her family has never received answers from the authorities about what happened to her and Sierra's sons now want Zorreguieta to give evidence in court about his role in the disappearance.

Sierra's sons have re-opened the case with a judge involved in investigating human rights abuses committed during the Videla regime and are also demanding that other officials give evidence, Dutch public news service NOS reported.

Up to 30,000 people disappeared and were probably murdered during the military regime which ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983.

Due to Zorreguieta's involvement in the regime, he was not invited to attend the February 2002 marriage of Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander to Argentinean-born Maxima Zorreguieta. But he was allowed to attend the June christening of his granddaughter, Princess Amalia.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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