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Judge accuses Grandmothers of obstructing investigation

By Luciana Bertoia
Herald Staff
Long-simmering tensions between Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo and Federal Judge María Romilda Servini de Cubría blew wide open yesterday with the magistrate accusing the human rights group of obstructing the search for justice.

Servini de Cubría words came after La Plata Federal Judge Manuel Blanco claimed that the case of Gradmothers of Plaza de Mayo head Estela de Carlotto’s grandson was within his jurisdiction because Laura Carlotto was held in the clandestine detention centre known as La Cacha located in the city of La Plata.

Servini de Cubría has previously said she would be willing to cede the case to La Plata, and yesterday she requested prosecutor Carlos Stornelli’s opinion on the matter. She also asked Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo where they thought the case had to be examined. The association’s future response might be obvious, mainly due to the heated controversy they have held since August 5, when Ignacio Guido Montoya Carlotto was identified.

“We agree with Blanco,” Grandmothers lawyer Alan Iud yesterday confirmed to the Herald. “We don’t want to comment on Servini de Cubría’s statement.”

In conversation with Clarín media group journalist Jorge Lanata, Servini de Cubría criticized prosecutors Marcelo Molina and Hernán Schapiro, who requested that the case be investigated in La Plata.

“This is a strange move because the case was being investigated here. Prosecutors filed a complaint when in fact that complaint was already being examined,” the judge said.

More than a jurisdictional issue though, Servini de Cubría also strongly suggested the Grandmothers were blocking her investigation.

“I summoned the young man to testify in court as a witness and their lawyer filed a request to postpone the subpoena,” Servini de Cubría said, making reference to Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo lawyer Iud, who said it was too early to summon Guido and that an appearance in court could interfere with the reunion with the family that has been looking for him since 1978.

“I think that if I were to summon his adoptive parents, I’ll have problems again,” Servini de Cubría said.

Juana Rodríguez and Clemente Hurban were the ones who reportedly registered Ignacio as their own child. Rodríguez and Hurban worked as farmhands for Carlos Francisco “Pancho” Aguilar, a land- owner in the city of Olavarría, who was well-known for being on good terms with the military.

“They are assuring that he was the person who gave the baby to the Hurbans. There is no evidence of that,” the judge added.

Ignacio Guido’s fake birth certificate, which says he was born in Aguilar’s residence, has the name of medical doctor Julio Luis Sacher, who was a neighbour of Aguilar then and also served as a doctor at the Buenos Aires provincial police.

Servini de Cubría has rejected requests by the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo to raid Sacher’s office.

Piecing together the history

Laura Carlotto was abducted in November 1977 in Buenos Aires City and taken to the infamous Navy Mechanics School, where she stayed for a week before being transferred to La Plata. The 23-year-old woman was taken from the clandestine detention centre to give birth to her baby to somewhere else.

She only held her baby for five hours before he was snatched away. She told other detainees that she thought she had been taken to the Buenos Aires City Central Military Hospital. But researchers think Laura might have been taken to somewhere closer La Cacha, such as the Olmos Penitentiary hospital — located a few metres from the secret detention centre — or to La Plata Infantry Regiment Number 7. Both places were used as clandestine maternity wards.

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