Yesterday, former Army Chief César Milani was summoned by La Rioja Province Federal Judge Daniel Herrera Piedrabuena to answer questions regarding alleged crimes against humanity committed during the last military dictatorship.
According to local sources, Milani will testify on June 28 regarding the alleged kidnapping of political leader Verónica Matta in 1976 as well as the alleged kidnapping and torture of Ramón Alfredo Olivera and his father Pedro in 1977.
Milani still has not been called into questioning for the 1976 disappearance of Alberto Ledo in Tucumán Province. This case remains ongoing, but is currently tabled in the Federal Chamber of Appeals.
Investigations into these alleged crimes of Milani’s past had been common knowledge since even before former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner appointed him Army Chief in 2013 and had left many people wondering how someone like that could be elevated to such a prestigious position (how surprised were we really, though?). Last year, Milani cryptically stepped down from his post, claiming it was a personal decision to do so.
His resignation happened to coincide with a new breakthrough in the aforementioned investigation regarding dictatorship-era crimes.
“Disappearances,” or State-sponsored abductions, tortures and murders, were common practice during the military dictatorship that seized power in Argentina in 1976. Approximately 30,000 people are estimated to have been disappeared.