March 9, 2014
Etchecolatz: ‘I killed, but I don’t know how many’
Former deputy Police chief, Miguel Etchecolatz has admitted killing people during the last dictatorship between 1976-1983, but denied knowing “how many,” during a Court audience in La Plata.
“Because of my charge and hierarchy I had to kill, but I do not know how many,” described the ex policemen, who was sentenced to life in prison on charges of crimes against humanity.
In addition, Etchecolatz expressed he did not "go out and kill someone just to take their life, it was down to complaints from neighbours who reported seeing strange things and we sent patrols.”
“At that point it was their lives or ours,” he stated, and considered that “those confrontations were part of a war situation, like the terrorists said.”
Etchecolatz was accused of committing human rights violation by former tortured prisoner Julio López, who disappeared mysteriously in 2006 as he served as a key witness in a trial against him.
“Mr. López lied when he stated seeing me shooting that during that day. I was hospitalized,” marked the former Police deputy.
Etchecolatz testified as part of an investigation to reveal supposes crimes that took place at the “La Cacha” torture complex in the town of Lisandro Olmos, Buenos Aires province.