Thu. Apr 25th, 2024

A former intelligence agent of Uruguay has been handed a 10-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity committed during the nation’s oppressive dictatorship from 1973 to 1985, as revealed in court documents obtained on Thursday.

Jorge Carlos Guldenzoph Nunez, aged 70, known by the alias “Chatty,” was found culpable for his involvement in torture, which was part of a systematic and coordinated effort to suppress dissent against the regime, as detailed in the court’s decision dated February 15, obtained by AFP.

The indictment against Nunez outlines his direct participation in the apprehension, interrogation, and extraction of confessions through torture of individuals deemed opponents of the dictatorship, underscoring the severity and extent of his actions during that dark period of Uruguay’s history.

Having been under trial since July 2020 while in custody, the time spent during the legal proceedings will be deducted from Nunez’s sentence, reflecting the culmination of a protracted legal process aimed at addressing past atrocities and seeking justice for the victims and their families.

Throughout the trial, approximately 50 survivors courageously testified before the court, recounting the harrowing ordeals they endured, which included torture methods such as electric shocks, physical beatings, and sexual assault, shedding light on the widespread brutality inflicted upon dissenters.

Pablo Chargonia, the lawyer representing the victims, expressed relief at the conclusion of this protracted legal saga, emphasizing the trial’s role in uncovering the atrocities endured by countless individuals during the dictatorship era, thereby contributing to the acknowledgment and reckoning of Uruguay’s troubled past.

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