ARGENTINA: UPDATE ON THE CASE OF EDUARDO SAIEGH
A. Round-Table re Role of Civilians in the Dictatorship
A Round-Table discussion on “Trials for Key Civilians of the Dictatorship and the Historical Truth” will be held on Thursday, December 20 in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the National Library (Biblioteca Nacional). The principal speakers will the Director of the Library, be Horacio Gonzalez; Alberto Gonzalez Arac, an historian and Eduardo Saiegh, President of the Foundation for Latin American Integration (FIL). The event is sponsored by the Library’s Human Rights Program and FIL, of which Eduardo Saiegh is President.
B. Launch of a new web site
A new web site -- www.elcasosaiegh.com.ar --
will be launched at the event on Thursday. This new web site provides extensive information & documentation on the legal actions initiated by Saiegh against Jose Martinez de Hoz, the Economy Minister of the Dictatorship, and Alejandro Reynal, the Vice President of the Central Bank during the Dictatorship. It also documents the 30+year history of the Saiegh Case that began when he was kidnapped and tortured and held captive for one week during which time his bank was illegally seized by the Dictatorship. The web site - in Spanish and English - will continue to post new information on the continuing efforts by many to bring to justice civilians who had key roles in the Dictatorship.
C. TV Interview of Saiegh – in English
The European news service, Jewish News One, recently broadcast a TV interview with Eduardo Saeigh; it is in English. The interview covers key aspects of the Saiegh Case in its historical context. You can see the interview at the following url:
D. A blog about the role of civilians in the Dictatorship
Access to a blog advocating for bringing civilians to trial for crimes they committed on behalf of the Dictatorship is at http://paper.li/JCiviles/1355537806
E. Argentine Task Force Investigating Crimes Against Businessmen
The Government of Argentina has created a department to investigate about 600 cases from the era of the Dictatorship in which successful businessmen were kidnapped, tortured (and many killed), so that the government and its allies could illegally seize businesses. One of the most high-profile cases is that of Papel Prensa, a firm that had a monopoly on the manufacture of paper for newspapers. The illegal procedures employed in both the Saiegh Case and Papel Prensa were almost identical – kidnapping and torturing the owner coupled with use of illegal means to take control of the business. By copying and pasting into your browser the following url you can hear testimony about this case; it is in Spanish.