Overheard former military officer talk about death flightsThursday, August 14, 2014
Dutch pilot testifies in ESMA case against Poch
Tim Eisso Weert gave his testimony through a video conference call from Holland as part of the third ESMA human rights trial.
The so-called death flights were used to execute political prisoners by throwing them into the River Plate in an attempt to ensure that their bodies could not be traced.
Weert testified that he and his colleague, Edwin Reijnoudt Brouwer, had overheard Poch at a 2003 dinner in Bali, Indonesia, admitting to having participated in “death flights.” Poch had been working with them in the Dutch-French airline Transavia at the time.
“The witness testified that Poch had explained the capacities of the different planes used in the death flights,” said Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) lawyer Mónica Zwaig who represents ESMA victims in the case.
Poch has denied participating in the death flights, claiming that the Dutch pilots misunderstood him.
“Defence lawyers asked many questions and tried to establish doubts about whether the witnesses confused the use of the first and third person,” Zwaig told the Herald.
The other Dutch pilot, Brouwer, is scheduled to give testimony today.