“.. A former police chaplain has been sentenced to life imprisonment for involvement in torture, kidnapping and murder during Argentina’s “dirty war,” in the first trial of a clergyman for rights abuses under military rule.
Roman Catholic priest Christian Von Wernich tended to the notorious Buenos Aires provincial police force, and rights lawyers say he pressured torture victims to talk during visits to clandestine detention centres.
Outside the court in the central city of La Plata, crowds cheered and set off firecrackers as the verdict was read in the televised trial.
“It’s a historic day, a wonderful day … it’s something we mothers didn’t think we’d live to see,” said Tati Almeyda, of the Founding Line of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, wearing the white headscarf that has become a symbol for human rights campaigners worldwide.
“Justice has been done. The Catholic Church was an accomplice,”