Argentina: Thousands rally against house arrest granted to war criminal Etchecolatz

Thousands of demonstrators in Mar del Plata marched to Admiral Brown's Square to protest the court's decision to grant house arrest to war criminal Miguel Etchecolatz on Saturday. The protest was led by Ruben Lopez, the son of Julio Lopez, who disappeared 11 years ago just before giving testimony against Etchecolatz. «He [Etchecolatz] has six life sentences for genocide and three other... Еще sentences for other reasons. This is outrageous,» said Lopez at the rally. The 88-year-old former police officer, Etchecolatz, who had been serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity committed during the 1976-83 military dictatorship in Argentina was granted house arrest in December on the basis of his age. The court ruled that Etchecolatz should be transferred from prison to his home due to «fragile health», where he will be cared for by his wife and required to wear an electronic monitoring decive. The decision caused anger among citizens as well as human rights activists who called for nationwide protests.

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