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De Carlotto: If Milani is guilty, he must go

Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo president Estela de Carlotto has defended army chief César Milani's right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty, while signalling that if the soldier is guilty of human rights abuses he should be removed from his post.

The new head of the armed forces has come under criticism from some human rights organisations for his alleged role in the 1976-83 military dictatorship, although Milani has insisted that he had no involvement the repression occurring.

"I have come to the conclusion, in order to avoid subject we do not know about,that it is best to say: the law states that every man is innocent until it is proved otherwise," the activist asserted in an interview with Canal 13.

"If it is proved, [Milani] has to come out and be expelled."

De Carlotto underlined that no judgement could be made until investigations were completed. "We have to open the case and let the truth come out and the courts do their job, then we can start to condemn."

"Milani was promoted several times and nobody said anything, at the time if it indeed was known that he had something to add to the story, he was promoted," she emphasised.

The military figure is implicated in an ongoing case in La Rioja for the alleged torture of Ramón Alfredo Olivera and his father, as well as a separate case concerning the soldier Alberto Ledo, who was last seen in July 1976 in Tucumán.

Milani last month affirmed he had "the absolute conviction... my innocence will be demonstrated in all the court cases," adding that it was best to "let the justice system act, time will tell all that needs to be told."
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