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Rights activist: Paraguayan dictator's son corrupt

Rights activist: Paraguayan dictator's son corrupt

A human rights activist filed a court request Wednesday that he hopes will put the son of Paraguay's late dictator Alfredo Stroessner in jail for illegal enrichment if he returns from exile.
Martin Almada directs the Museum of Horror _ a former secret torture center that now displays evidence of rights abuses by the dictator who ruled Paraguay from 1954 to 1989. He told The Associated Press that he has evidence showing a $5 million fortune was amassed by Stroessner's son Gustavo, a 63-year-old former air force colonel who fled with his father to Brazil two decades ago.
The Stroessners have not declared their wealth or said how they earned it, but Almada says Gustavo Stroessner couldn't have made such money on the military salary he earned before he was dismissed in exile. "This wealth isn't justified because he was a low-ranking officer," Almada told the AP.
Gustavo Stroessner's nephew, Sen. Alfredo Stroessner Dominguez, says his uncle may soon return from exile. If he does, Almado hopes his citizen's complaint will prompt a judge to order prosecutors to launch a criminal investigation into Stroessner's finances next year.
Paraguay just finished paying out an average of $4,000 each _ $10 million in all _ to 2,474 victims of the dictatorship. More than 9,000 other claims await processing.


Updated : 2021-10-26 03:05 GMT+08:00