Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
PARMA

Argentina seeks arrest of Italian priest for rights abuses

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Parma, December 17 - An Italian priest is being
sought for crimes against humanity in Argentina, where he is
accused of involvement with the brutal military dictatorship of
the 1970s, a newspaper reported Monday.
According to Corriere della Sera, federal prosecutors in
San Rafael, Argentina have asked for the arrest of Father Franco
Reverberi, who is now living in the province of Parma in
north-central Italy.
The priest's name appeared recently on an Interpol list of
suspects accused of human rights violations during the rule of
Jorge Rafael Videla, who was president of Argentina from 1976 to
1981.
Two years ago Videla was sentenced to life in prison for
the deaths of 31 prisoners following his coup d'etat and in July
2012 he received an additional 50-year prison sentence for the
systematic kidnapping of children during his rule.
According to reports, Reverberi witnessed the torture of
dissidents under Videla, without doing anything to stop it.
The allegations against him say that the fact a priest
witnessed their suffering made the victims feel even more alone
and abandoned.
Argentina has asked for the help of international police
authorities to capture the priest, who is said to have heart
problems.
The newspaper quoted Reverberi, now working in the parish
in Sorbolo near Parma, as denying the allegations against him.
"The facts date back to 1976, while I was chaplain in
1980," he told the newspaper.
"I am a priest, I told the truth. Do I look like someone
who was with Videla torturers?".

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