Argentina: 'Liars and wretched' — Distraught relatives of missing sub crew slam authorities

Journalist (Spanish): «Who was it?» SOT, Itati Leguizamon, wife of Corporal Suarez (Spanish): «The one who always informs us, I don't know who he is, Gonzales.» Journalist (Spanish): «What did he say?» SOT, Itati Leguizamon, wife of Corporal Suarez (Spanish): «He started reading the statement saying that the Austrian team had detected a strong explosion, of I don't know what level, and I don... Еще't remember more, on Wednesday.» Journalist (Spanish): «And what happened?» SOT, Itati Leguizamon, wife of Corporal Suarez (Spanish): «Well... What do you think happened? Everyone started saying that they were liars and wretches.» Journalist (Spanish): «As a lawyer, what do you think you can do?» Itati Leguizamon, wife of Corporal Suarez (Spanish): «A complaint on civil and penal responsibility for all of this.» Journalist (Spanish): «The ambulances took people?» Itati Leguizamon, wife of Corporal Suarez (Spanish): «They took the people who were lying down and collapsed on the floor.» Journalist (Spanish): «Is there a commitment to go looking for the submarine?» Itati Leguizamon, wife of Corporal Suarez (Spanish): «Yes, until they find it. That's what they said yesterday, not today.» Families of the ARA San Juan submarine crew responded with anger and anguish on hearing the Navy's confirmation that there had been an explosion in the vicinity of the sub, according to the wife of missing Corporal Suarez, Itati Leguizamon, from the Mar del Plata Naval Base on Thursday. Leguizamon described how the family members listening to the official Navy announcement «started shouting and going crazy», calling the authorities «liars and wretched.» When asked what could be done, Leguizamon said that relatives could put a complaint on «civil and penal responsibility.» After hearing news from the authorities, the relatives began to depart. An ambulance was seen leaving with its siren on and another emergency unit arrived at the base minutes later. The ARA San Juan with a crew of 44 went missing on Wednesday 16, shortly after reporting an electrical malfunction. It was 480km (380 miles) off the coast, en route from Ushuaia to its base in Mar del Plata.

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