Videla victims sue Princess Mximas father

7th September 2011, Comments 1 comment

Relatives of Samuel Leonardo Slutzky who disappeared during the Argentinian Videla regime are to press charges against Jorge Zorreguieta – the father of Princess Máxima – in the Netherlands. Máxima is the wife of Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander.

Lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld and Goran Sluiter announced on Wednesday that legal proceedings are being launched against Mr Zorreguieta, who was minister of agriculture during the Videla regime. He is accused of complicity in the disappearance of thousands of people in the period from 1976-1981.

The military junta that ruled Argentina in the 1970s was, according to Amnesty International, responsible for up to 30,000 deaths.

Change in law A legal case was also brought against Princess Máxima’s father in 2001 in the Netherlands, but did not lead to any prosecutions. The Public Prosecutor said the case did not fall under Dutch jurisdiction.

Ms Zegveld says there has since been a change in the law and that that Mr Zorreguieta could now be legally charged in the Netherlands.

Videla victim in Netherlands The daughter of Samuel Leonardo Slutzky, who was arrested in 1977 and never heard of again, lives in the Netherlands. After an eight-month period in hiding with her brother and mother, Alejandra Slutzky arrived in the Netherlands in 1978 with her brother as an underage asylum-seeker.

She is a member of the Socialist Party. Her novel – published in 2003 – tells the story of her family.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Yank posted:

    on 8th September 2011, 11:58:04 - Reply

    How is it possible to "change the law" from 2001? If it wasn't a crime then how can you pass a law to now make it a crime? If this is true, we can never know what the law is. Leave Maxima's dad alone and tell Alejandra Slutsky to shut up. (The first 4 letters of her last name suits her well.)