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After three years of mystery

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Julio López: retired police doctor to be questioned over witness disappearance

Retired police doctor Carlos Osvaldo Falcone, who visited repressor Miguel Etchecolatz in prison days before the key witness' disappearance in September 2006, will be questioned about the use of a car found at his home, that according to another witness was used to kidnap Lopez.

The La Plata federal justice will question tomorrow a retired doctor who belonged to the Buenos Aires province Police whose car, seized in his Mar del Plata home, is suspected to have been used to kidnap Jorge Julio López, a key witness in the Etchecolatz trial, that has been missing for more than three years.

Sixty-six year old Carlos Osvaldo Falcone visited repressor Miguel Etchecolatz in the Marcos Paz prison at least twice a few days before Lopez disappeared in September 2006, according to investigations.

Falcone, who retired in 2005, also appears in an address book seized from Etchecolatz after the key witness on a trial against him disappeared.

Also, the repressor had asked for authorization so the doctor could visit him in jail.

Falcone "will be questioned tomorrow by La Plata's federal attorney Marcelo Molina regarding a blue, rusty Volkswagen Gol car with no license, seized on January 13th. 2009 in his Mar de Plata house," a source confirmed.

The same source also claimed that "a witness whose identity has not been disclosed declared that Julio López was kidnapped in that car in September 2006, when he left his Los Hornos home to attend the hearings on the Etchecolatz trial".

Lopez, a 76 year old building worker, was a key witness during the trial that sentenced Etchecolatz to prison for life after being found guilty of genocide.

He left his Los Hornos house on the morning of September 18th. and headed for the City Hall, where the trial was taking place, but he was never seen again.


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