Italy Sentences Ex-Military Officers from Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru for Crimes of State Terror

By: Karina Martín - Jan 18, 2017, 12:12 pm
Italy Sentences Ex-Military Officers
Due to certain bureaucratic “obstacles” and the death of some of those accused by their advanced age the number of defendants was reduced to 27, of which they ended up condemning to eight. (Giovanni Tazza)

EspañolRome officials have sentenced eight people from Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay to life in prison for the deaths of 20 Italians during the Cóndor Plan in Latin America between the 1970s and ’80s.

Twenty-seven soldiers were sentenced in total, of which two were Chilean (Hernán Jerónimo Ramírez and Rafael Ahumada Valderrama), one Uruguayan (Juan Carlos Blanco), two Bolivian (Luis García Meza and Luis Arce Gómez) and three Peruvian (Francisco Morales Bermúdez, Pedro Richter Prada and Germán Ruiz Figueroa).

The Rome Prosecutor’s Office had demanded in October that they receive life sentences for their involvement in  Operation Condor — a coordinated plan devised by Augusto Pinochet to repress political opposition in the 1970s and ’80s in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia


The controversial trial began in February 2015, seeing 34 defendants that included heads of state, police officers and former members of militaries and secret services.


The Italian courts acquitted the Chileans Pedro Octavio Espinoza Bravo, Daniel Aguirre Mora, Carlos Luco Astroza, Orlando Moreno Vásquez and Manuel Abraham Vásquez Chauan, as well as Peruvian Martín Martínez Garay.

The same decision was made for Uruguayans José Ricardo Arab Fernandez, Nino José Horacio Gavazzo, Juan Carlos Larcebeau, Pedro Antonio Mato Narbondo, Luis Alfredo Maurente, Ricardo José Medina Blanco, Ernesto Avelino Ramas Pereira, José Sande Lima, Jorge Alberto Silveira, Ernesto Soca , Jorge Néstor Troccoli, Gilberto Vázquez Bissio and Ricardo Eliseo Chávez.

Sources: El Deber; El Observador.

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Cuban Doctors Found Selling Expired Medicines in Venezuela

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jan 18, 2017, 10:01 am

EspañolCuban doctors are taking advantage of Venezuela's medicine shortage by selling expired or near-expired products, a recent report found. Las Americas Journal revealed that this unique system of drug trafficking involves doctors illegally shipping much-needed drugs to Venezuela. The first indications of the phenomenon was detected at José Martí International Airport in October 2016, when customs personnel alerted the Ministry of Public Health that they had discovered an "important structure of international drug trafficking." Venezuelan authorities had reportedly warned officials in Havana about the trafficking of legal and medicinal drugs in abnormally high quantities, but was disregarded. Read More: Santos Denies FARC Still Keeping Victims, Despite Outcries from Victim Families Read More: FARC Leader Blames President Santos for Failed Peace Referendum in Colombia Most drugs, the report said, treat conditions related to eye-related issues, as well as contraceptive pills, which have reportedly all but disappeared from Venezuela. Most of these drugs, it was found, were expired or were about to expire. At least five Cuban doctors have been detained as a result, one of whom only claimed to have delivered a package to a third party without knowing the contents of it or the real risk involved. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   A source consulted by Las Américas Journal claimed these doctors were used as mules by the leaders of the health care systems of both countries. Source: Diario Las Américas

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