MONTEVIDEO – A hundred people gathered outside the house of former Uruguayan military leader Jose Gavazzo to protest a 48-hour house relief granted by the judiciary to him.
Gavazzo has been in prison since 2006 for crimes against humanity during the dictatorship (1973-1985).
“It is a provocation by the judiciary and an engineering of impunity generated around the most famous and notorious torturer of the dictatorship,” spokesperson for the organization of Plenary for Memory and Justice, Irma Leytes, told EFE, adding it was an “outrage” to be given this “privilege.”
Gavazzo on Friday also became the first Uruguayan prisoner to use an electronic ankle cuff during his home relief, a system that has been used in the country recently in domestic violence cases.
Gavazzo’s daughter confirmed to EFE the prisoner was not at home at the time of the protest since the house relief had ended hours earlier.
Leytes said at the time of the protest they were unaware if Gavazzo was inside the house or not, but emphasized the main motive was to “inform” citizens of the shameful action of the judiciary and the government in granting the relief.
The protest also questioned the “situation of privilege” that exists in prison for those convicted of crimes during the dictatorship in Uruguay, Leytes said.
Gavazzo is one of the 16 Uruguayans accused in the trial of the Operation Condor that coordinated political repression in several South American dictatorships.
The Uruguayan Justice approved the extradition of Gavazzo to Argentina to stand trial for kidnapping a 20-days-old baby in Buenos Aires in 1976.
The newborn’s mother, Sara Mendez, a member of People’s Victory Party, had been arrested by Argentine and Uruguayan military.
But extradition, Gavazzo’s daughter told EFE, is unlikely considering his advanced age.