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Uruguayan ex-dictator released from hospital to house arrest

Uruguayan ex-dictator released from hospital to house arrest

Former dictator Juan M. Bordaberry was released from a hospital on Saturday and placed under house arrest while criminal law judges prosecute him in 14 deaths and disappearances during Uruguay's 1973-85 military rule.
Bordaberry was awaiting trial in jail until his hospitalization on Tuesday for a respiratory problems. His attorneys on Friday requested house arrest for the 79-year-old, citing his fragile health.
Judge Pablo Eguren accepted the request with approval from a prosecutor and on the advise of a medical board.
"Bordaberry is staying in the house of one of his children since this morning," said Leandro Pauletti, a spokesman for the Bordaberry family, by telephone.
Elected president in 1971, Bordaberry dissolved Congress and banned political parties the following year at the behest of military leaders who seized power outright in 1973. The military eventually ousted him in 1976, and Uruguay remained under the control of a right-wing dictatorship until 1985.
Bordaberry and former Foreign Minister Juan Blanco were ordered jailed by a judge investigating the abductions and killings of two former lawmakers and two leftist rebels in May 1976 that shocked Uruguay in the early throes of the long military dictatorship.
On Dec. 20, another judge, Graciela Gatti, also indicted Bordaberry on 10 additional murder charges stemming from what prosecutors said was the arbitrary detention and disappearance of leftists, including communist militants Fernando Miranda and Ubagesner Chavez Sosa.
The skeletal remains of Miranda and Chavez Sosa, missing since the mid-1970s, were recovered last year by forensic experts searching for the missing.


Updated : 2021-05-16 06:06 GMT+08:00