An Argentine judge processes former Minister Rodolfo Martín Villa for homicide and torture during the Franco regime

The Argentine Judge María Servini de Cabere has prosecuted former Minister Rodolfo Martín Villa, 87, by homicide and torture during the Franco dictatorship. T

An Argentine judge processes former Minister Rodolfo Martín Villa for homicide and torture during the Franco regime

The Argentine Judge María Servini de Cabere has prosecuted former Minister Rodolfo Martín Villa, 87, by homicide and torture during the Franco dictatorship. The car, of more than 900 pages, ensures that the former minister occupied "a preponderant position in the hierarchical structure of power" under which several deaths occurred, of which servini places him as head responsible, as reported by public and eldiary .it is.

The judge has decreed "the processing of Rodolfo Martín Villa with preventive detention, which will not be effective, by virtue of the exemption of prison disposed in a timely manner." In addition, it orders the embargo on the goods of the former minister to cover the sum of 1,134,000,000 Argentine pesos, almost 10 million euros.

The former minister is accused to allow the murder of the young Arturo Ruiz in 1977, of the March 3 massacre in Vitoria where five workers died, of the police repression in the Sanfermines of 1978 and of five deaths during the week of Amnesty of May of 1977.

After a new complaint by the death of Angel Almazán in 1976 during the day of the referendum for the government's political reform project, a murder that remained unpunished, the judge has decreed the processing of Martin Villa.

The judge requests different administrations from Spain to provide certified photocopies of criminal and summary diligences on the cases of murdered persons where Martin Villa is the main defendant. Specifically, Villa is investigated by the homicide of up to 12 people at the hands of the police, the civil guard or paramilitary groups linked to the security forces and bodies.

For we can, Martin Villa is processed by the francoism crimes "is a great step against impunity." However, the training has pointed out, in a publication in its Twitter account, which "is a shame" that Argentine justice is doing "what should have done a long time ago in Spain".

In the same line, the Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, Ione Belarra, has pointed out that "it hurts" that have to be other countries that help the victims of Francoism "to move forward on the path of justice".

"Judge Argentina María Servini processes Martin Villa for homicide and torture, it hurts that they have to be other countries that help the victims of the Franco regimen to advance in the way of justice, but it is a very important step," Belarra tuished. .

Rodolfo Martín Villa will turn to the Argentine Appellate Chamber the Judge Servini processing auto as well as the deposit imposed, according to knowledgeable sources of the process. In 2017, the Appellate Chamber revoked, by non-founded, the arrest warrant issued by Servini and also rejected, by disproportionate, the bond that she had imposed on him to declare him free.

The judge has dictated the processing auto 12 months later - he must have done it within 10 days, according to the Argentine laws - that Martin Villa voluntarily declared before her by videoconference.

The lawyers of the former minister asked the judge to dismiss the cause, in the sight of the story of Martin Villa in his statement. Several of the deaths of those responsible for the former minister occurred in March 1976, when he was a minister of union relations, without competition about the police. On March 3, 1976, he was Minister of Governor Manuel Fraga, travel in Germany, and Adolfo Suárez, Minister of Dispatch.

Fonts near the former minister have clarified that the death of German Rodríguez in Pamplona occurred in a demonstration to request the release of prisoners in ETA processed by murders.

Updated Date: 16 October 2021, 12:57

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