Priest sentenced for Dirty War crimes

October 9, 2007

A former Catholic priest will spend the rest of his life in prison for his role during the Argentinian Dirty War (1976-1983).

Father Christian Von Wernich, 69, would pass prisoners’ confessions to the police, resulting in the murder of seven, the abduction of 42, and the torture of 31, the BBC reports.

The trial was temporarily suspended yesterday when an ex-prisoner protested the prosecutors refusals to try Wernich for the murder of the ‘disappeared,’ because of lack of evidence of their death.

“We asked the prosecutor what he needed. Did he wanted us to bring our comrades here to tell him if they are alive or murdered? We can’t. It’s been 30 years since their disappearance,” said the ex-prisoner (if you can understand Spanish, watch the video below for more).

Von Wernich, who had escaped to Chile to avoid prosecution, reportedly showed no emotion during the sentencing.

(More on the Dirty War)

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