The Federal Oral Court 2 of Córdoba will begin this Tuesday to hear the arguments prior to the ruling in the trial of three former members of the Intelligence Detachment 141 of the Army accused of crimes against humanity committed in 1979 during the last dictatorship, including Ernesto “Nabo” Barreirowho unleashed the Holy Week military rebellion in 1987.
The trial will seek to do justice to three victims: Rubén Amadeo Palazzesi, Nilveo Cavigliasso and José Jaime Blas García Vieyra, kidnapped in August 1979.
On August 12, 1979, Palazzesi and García Vieyra were arrested in the Parque Vélez Sardfield neighborhood. The youths were traveling in a car when a group of soldiers approached them and they were taken to the Guiñazu country house, which was used by Intelligence detachment 141 as a clandestine center during 1977 and 1982. Ten days later, Cavigliasso, Palazzesi’s brother-in-law, was arrested.
On August 25, a group of ESMA torturers arrived at the country house. Palazzesi died that same day after receiving countless tortures with blows and electric batons. The repressors burned Palazzesi’s body inside a car and presented the fact as an “escape attempt” and a subsequent car accident. Garcia Vieyra and Cavigliaso were survivors of the event. Both were released in 1981.
The repressors, convicted of previous causes and in house arrest, will witness the hearing through a digital system from their homes, like the previous ones. The defendants Barreiro, Carlos Villanueva and Carlos Díaz face charges for “aggravated illegitimate deprivation of liberty”, “imposition of aggravated torture” and “imposition of aggravated torture followed by death”.
During the trial, Cristina Guillén, Palazzesi’s wife; her sister-in-law, Stella Maris Palazzesi, who is also Cavigliasso’s widow; Silvio Octavio Viotti, son of the owner of the farmhouse where the torture was reportedly perpetrated, and George Saadé, Palazzesi’s brother-in-law.
Last week a judicial inspection was carried out at Quinta de Guiñazú, property of the Viotti family, which was appropriated by the Armed Forces during the dictatorship and is considered the last concentration camp in Córdoba during the de facto government.