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October 23, 2014

Ignacio Aníbal Verdura

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Olavarría-La Cacha link emerges

A connection between La Plata, where Laura Carlotto was held, and Olavarría, where her son was raised, appeared yesterday under one name: former lieutenant-colonel Ignacio Aníbal Verdura, who headed the repression in Olavarría during the first years of the last military dictatorship.

Verdura is mentioned in the La Cacha clandestine detention centre files as one of those responsible for the abduction of lawyer José Alfredo Pareja on March 12, 1977 in Olavarría. Pareja was then taken to the same concentration camp where Estela Barnes de Carlotto’s daughter was held between December 1977 and August 1978. Pareja’s father, Jorge Alfredo Pareja González, mentioned Verdura in his complaint before the National Commission on the Forced Disappearance of People (Conadep) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. There are survivors who saw Pareja in La Cacha in March, soon after his abduction. Pareja was last seen in May 1977 and he remains disappeared.

Verdura has also been indicted for the repression held at the clandestine detention centre known as Monte Peloni, which operated between 1977 and 1978. He will be sitting in the dock for 17 abductions next month.

Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo is investigating how Ignacio — or Guido as his mother Laura named him — was taken to Olavarría and handed over to Juana and Clemente Hurban, who worked as farmhands Carlos Francisco “Pancho” Aguilar. This man — a candidate in 2007 local elections on the UNION-PRO ballot list — was reportedly the person who gave the baby to the couple who raised him.

The big question is how the baby got into Aguilar’s hands. Although Verdura is one of the possible lines of investigation, there is no legal inquiry that connects the former military officer to the appropriation of Laura Carlotto’s baby.

Sources from Olavarría told the Herald that Aguilar and Verdura had a close relationship. Verdura allegedly kept the horses that Aguilar owned at a military regiment facility, according to these same sources.

Aguilar died on March 26 and it was his passing that reportedly triggered Ignacio’s doubts on his identity. On June 2, when he celebrated his birthday he asked the people who raised him about his childhood and they reportedly told him that he was not their biological son.

Sources told this newspaper that after Aguilar’s death, the 36-year-old musician received a message hinting that he should investigate his origins. Almost simultaneously, a complaint was filed before Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, linking the former member of Olavarría’s Rural Society with the appropriation of a baby.

Herald staff

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