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Remains could point to Uruguay's dark past

Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 01:18

Mar 17 - Investigators outside the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo unearth the body of a person believed to have been abducted and killed by the country's former military regime. Andrew Raven reports.

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A shallow grave outside the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Inside, possible evidence of the country's dark past. Investigators believe these could be the remains of a victim of Uruguay's so-called "Dirty War", which saw some 200 opponents of the country's former military regime vanish during the 1970s and 80s. Rights groups have long said they were kidnapped and killed by the miliary - but so far, little hard evidence of that has emerged. The discovery was welcomed by former political prisoners, who claim scores of disappearances had been covered up for years. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FORMER POLITICAL PRISONER, SERGIO LOPEZ BURGOS "This corroborates what we have been saying over the last 30 years." The find comes days before a ceremony where Uruguayan President Jose Mujica is expected to publicly admit the state's role in violating human rights during the dictatorship. Uruguay's military government was one of several in South America that is believed to have abducted opponents during the 1970s and 80s, leading to the deaths of an estimated 60,000 people. Andrew Raven, Reuters

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Remains could point to Uruguay's dark past

Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 01:18