December 6, 2013
Crimes committed during military dictatorshipSaturday, August 24, 2013
Blaquier indicted for rights abuses
Salta’s Federal Court yesterday confirmed the indictment of Carlos Pedro Blaquier, owner of Ledesma sugar mill in Jujuy province, for crimes against humanity committed during the last dictatorship. Blaquier, an iconic businessman linked to the military regime, is closer to appearing in court but he will not be held in custody while he awaits trial.
Alberto Enrique Lemos, then administrative manager of Ledesma company, was also charged with three abductions for acting as an accomplice to the dictatorship’s death squads. One of the victims was the former Libertador General San Martín Mayor Luis Ramón Arédez, who had previously served as a doctor at the sugar mill. Arédez’s wife, Olga Arédez was an iconic figure of the human rights movements, who demonstrated alone to report Ledesma’s complicity with state terror.
According to the ruling, Blaquier and Lemos might have provided their vans and their logistical support to illegally detain people on March 24,1976 but also during the following weeks.
Before the judicial decision, human rights organizations said at a press release that Blaquier and Lemos were using daily La Nación as their platform to defend themselves and to pressure the Federal Court in order not to endorse the indictment.
However, Judges Jorge Luis Villada, Roberto Gerardo Loutayf Ranea and Federico Santiago Díaz confirmed the freezing of a million pesos against Blaquier and 500 thousand pesos against Lemos ordered by Judge Fernando Poviña.
In november, Judge Poviña charged Blaquier and Lemos with the kidnapping of 29 people during the so-called “blackout night” on July, 1976, when hundreds of people were abducted in Libertador General San Martín.
— Herald with Télam