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Part II
The Victims

Nunca Más (Never Again) - Report of Conadep  - 1984


Methods of imprisonment

Away from their farnilles, where the young men had enjoyed the protection of their parents, and from the moment when the leadership of the Armed Forces took charge of them, two developments occurred which are repeated in more than 135 cases of disappearances among citizens doing their military service. Because of the young men's lack of defence, their captors could take advantage of all the facilities that the situation offered them, On the other hand, those who were in command did not take responsibility, or share the responsibility, for their omissions, or for the alleged orders that they may have given to facilitate the illegal detentions. These detentions were carried out in the same place that the soldiers were stationed in 35 per cent of the cases; in the soldiers' sleeping quarters in 18 per cent of the cases; in 29 per cent of the cases when the soldier was on 'leave' or 'on a mission'; in 7 per cent of the cases in the streets by people dressed in civilian clothes; in 4 per cent of the cases immediately after being discharged from active service; and in 5 per cent of the cases in other circumstances.

Eusebio Finguerut said of his son Pablo Alberto Finguerut (file No. 4196):

My son was doing his military service in the Navy in the Libertad Building. On 14 June of that year the naval authorities denounced a planned terrorist attack, adding that the attack had been of no consequence as far as the lives of military personnel or damage to property were concerned. My son, Pablo Alberto, was charged with this attack, for the sole reason that he was the only conscript attached to the unit where the incident occurred, who was absent at the time. As a result of this information I requested an interview with Admiral Massera by recorded telegram and on 16 June I went to the Libertad Building.

The peculiarity of the case is that instead of being given information on his son, Eusebio Finguerut was detained at the disposition of the National Executive. He spent one year in prison, and afterwards he was allowed to leave the country. In England, where he lived in exile, he received news from a political prisoner who had been released that his son Pablo had been killed by his captors during a torture session.

There was no doubt that the father was detained to prevent him from setting in motion the relevant inquiries.




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