Former Army General Cesare Milan, dressed in a military uniform, said yesterday that "we We receive orders through operational officers and managers of the company "during his time at La Rioja in 1977, when he was the second lieutenant of a local regiment. Although he did not seek protection in the laws of obedient obedience and the last point – abolished by the impetus of former President Nestor Kirchner – he clearly make it known that he received orders from his superiors, after denying that he had been kidnapped and tortured by political activists.
In his indignation that he personally asked from outside, and not with a videoconference from Campo de Mayo, where he is in detention, he read an emotional letter of support from Hebe de Bonaphine, who was rejected by a cry for the mother's "traitor" on Plaza de Mayo from La Rioja present at the trial.
Disabled and recalled that he came from the Peronist family, he confirmed that in the first act from which he was accused, he was a clerk for his company's service. "I could never leave the service early in the morning to get out and do such an operation," he added.
"Can Lieutenant Colonel Milani order the National Gendarmerie, the police in the province, the head of the prison to detain a detainee, because that happened to me? Obviously, this is impossible"Added Milan.
In demarcating responsibilities in his superiors, he added that "the head of the police he was a lieutenant colonel appointed by the supreme commander of the army "of the dictatorship. In addition, he noted that although" no one can deny that general or that district chiefs know what's happening"Regarding the accomplishment of state terrorism, but" subordinate personnel ", including him, "No" was "aware".
"We were like victims like Olivera, we were in the barracks that led the barracks. The rest (in terms of the procedures in which people were kidnapped) treated him a certain group of people, starting with the bosses, the most trusted servants and the hierarchy, and the intelligence area"Said Milani, appealing to the concept of due obedience.
At this point, he confirmed that, although "perhaps in some military garrisons, some chief could intervene on a lieutenant," in the case of the La Rioja battalion in which he worked "That did not happen".
With his defense, he looks to define the responsibilities of the other defendants in the case: former judge Roberto Catalan and Alfredo Santacroce, Luis Estrella, Carlos Rodriguez Alcantara, Eliberto Coenga, Carlos Molin, Miguel Chiarelo, Domingo Vera, Jose Bernaus, Cecilio Mercado, Angel Petde and Nicolas Tejada.
In his speech, the former army member, the detainee, said: "If I did not say yes to Christina (Fernandez), I will not sit here," saying he has "political opportunism" to blame him for crimes against humanity, and He recalled that " no deputy head of the La Rioja army, are prosecuted or detained for this. "
Milani described it as "impossible" circumstances in which, according to the indictment, he was allegedly involved in the kidnapping and torture suffered by the late Pedro Olivera and his son Ramón Olivera, the applicant in this case and the main witness in this case. verdict.
"I never struggled, kidnapped, or killed myself in my life," he defended.
At the moment of his long speech he was broken, almost without a voice, when they refer to the victims of the dictatorship. Milan said: "I have a deep respect for all the victims of …" and he was silent. He was silent, as if sorry, he hesitated and added: "… from the military government."
"For the missing, tortures and torments, I want to express my solidarity with the Oliver family," referring to one of its applicants. But then he clarified: "All the sufferings of the Oliver family end up where the suffering of the Milan family begins."
He then emphasized the perronistic militancy of his family in Cordoba and concluded: "When I entered the Military College, I did it believing that a soldier could try to transform an army that looks a bit more for the elites of his people, to transform himself into an army that strives for the national, popular and antiextranjerizante, "backed its support for Kirchner.
In this oral trial held before the federal justice of La Rioja, Milanani is tried together with twelve others who are charged with kidnapping and torture in March 1977 by Pedro Olivera (now deceased) and his son Ramón.
At the time of the episodes he was charged with in this trial, Milan was as a second lieutenant in Battalion 141 of La Rioja, and is accused of having participated in a kidnapping operation, and then Oliver's case of torture. In this case, Milani is imputed to the crimes of illegitimate deprivation of severe freedom, unlawful demand, imposition of torture and illegal association.
In her stage scene yesterday, Milani said she did not commit any crime and received orders. While he did not cite the laws for proper obedience and full visit, he appealed to his concept. However your position collides with a historic decision by former President Nestor Kirchner to press for the abolition of the laws of obedient obedience and a final point that was sanctioned by former President Raul Alfonsin after two rampage riots.
Kirchner's idea, when in 2003 accepted the cause of human rights, was that lower levels of the armed forces did not rely on these amnesty laws and were also tried. That suspension opened an avalanche of new lawsuits, such as the one against Milan in La Rioja. While it is true that Milan was at that time a second lieutenant, it is also true that during the dictatorship he decided to specialize in intelligence, knowing that the army apparatus was the brain of the unlawful operation.
The human rights secretary of the nation, Claudio Aroui, who was present at the La Rioja trial yesterday, suspected that Milan was "sentenced to 77 and 79 years, and that figure at 84 in Nevvermor Rioja," but that "Under Kirschner's policy and human rights organization, he made a career up until he became the leader of the Army". Milan was backed up to be named the first intelligence chief and then arms commander by former Defense Minister Nilda Garre. Then he had direct support from Kristina Kirchner. Kirchenrism only in 2015, through CELS, opposes it was promoted from General to Lieutenant General.
At the hearing held in the capital, Rioja, there were also relatives of soldier Alberto Agapito Ledo, who disappeared in Tucuman in 1976, in an incident for which Milan is tried. For this other crime against humanity, the retired general will face a second oral and public trial, whose initiation is scheduled for September 12 next in Tucumán. For these two processes this year will be added a third party, one that corresponds to the reason for the alleged illegal enrichment, which has already been confirmed verbally and publicly, but has not yet set a start date.