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Prosecutor of Argentine military junta in 1985 historic trial has died

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 07:54 UTC
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On closing his plea, lead prosecutor Strassera repeated an a few words that have become emblematic of the trial: “Never again” On closing his plea, lead prosecutor Strassera repeated an a few words that have become emblematic of the trial: “Never again”

Former public prosecutor Julio Cesar Strassera, who accused Argentina’s military leadership that conducted the bloody 1976-1983 dictatorship, died in Buenos Aires at 81 years old of a “severe intestinal infection.”

 Strassera was hospitalized in the San Camilo private clinic in Buenos Aires City remaining “sedated” and receiving mechanical ventilation.

In 1985, he was the chief prosecutor in the historic trial against the 1976-1983 military leaders who persecuted, tortured and killed thousands in Argentina, condemning Jorge Rafael Videla and Eduardo Massera to life in prison, Roberto Viola to 17 years, Armando Lambruschini to 8 years and Orlando Ramón Agosti to 4 years.

“Dear judges: I want to resign expressively to all pretention of originality to close this writ. I want to use a phrase which does not belong to me, because it already belongs to all the Argentine people. Judges Sirs.: Never again,” Strassera said when closing his plea.

Following the trial, Strassera served as a representative of the government before Human Rights organizations in Geneva. However, the amnesty laws granted by the administration of Carlos Menem to the military, took him to retire and served as a private lawyer, becoming also an active member of Argentina's Permanent Assembly of the Human Rights (APDH).

In 2006, he defended ex Mayor of Buenos Aires City Anibal Ibarra who was ousted from office following the deadly fire at the Cromañon night club that claimed the lives of almost two hundred people on December 30, 2004.

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  • ChrisR

    I bet this dead old argie was on the video of the 25 de Mayo shouting his head off in support of the attack on the Falklands.

    Feb 28th, 2015 - 04:28 pm 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Julio Cesar Strassera will remain as the first guy who stood up and accused people who had been, until a short time before, the all-powerful and most feared rulers of Argentina.
    He will represents the first baby steps that an Argentina’s re-emerging democracy began taking, still under the threat of recurring military coups.
    Farewell, señor Strassera.

    Mar 01st, 2015 - 03:59 pm 0
  • SebaSvtz

    RIP brave Sir.

    Mar 03rd, 2015 - 10:38 am 0
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