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Argentina: Further information on fear for safety

, رقم الوثيقة: AMR 13/009/1997

Mario Humberto Gomez Yardez, Gloria Alvarez (f) and Natalia Gomez (f, aged 5, daughter of above): Amnesty International continues to be concerned for the safety of the family as it appears that police protection is only provisional and that the trial of the police officers accused of torturing Mario Humberto Gomez Yardez has been postponed until December 1997.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 13/09/97
22 October 1997
Further information on UA 325/97 (AMR 13/07/97, 17 October 1997) - Fear for
safety
ARGENTINAMario Humberto Gómez Yardez
Gloria Alvarez (f)
Natalia Gómez (f), aged 5, daughter of above
The trial of the police officers accused of torturing Mario Humberto Gómez
Yardez, scheduled to start on 20 October 1997, has been postponed prior to
the start of proceedings. It is thought to be rescheduled to take place in
December 1997 though no official date has been set.
Although the authorities have now provided the family with police protection,
Amnesty International continues to be concerned for their safety, given that
this protection appears to be only provisional and that no official date has
been set for the trial.
The trial was postponed due to the absence of a court judge and a request by
defence lawyers for additional time to study the case file (expediente). A
number of police officers remain in detention in connection with the case.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/ airmail
letters in Spanish or in your own language:
- welcoming reports that Mario Humberto Gómez Yardez, Gloria Alvarez and Natalia
Gómez are receiving police protection but seeking assurances that it will
continue for as long as Mario Humberto Gómez Yardez and his family deem
necessary;
- expressing concern that the trial of those allegedly responsible for the
torture of Mario Humberto Gómez Yardez has been postponed, calling for the
proceedings to be started promptly and asking to be informed of the official
new start date;
- seeking assurances that before and during the trial the authorities take
effective measures to guarantee the safety of Mario Humberto Gómez Yardez and
his family and that the family, lawyers and witnesses be allowed to perform
their role without fear or intimidation;
- expressing concern and calling for a prompt, thorough and impartial
investigation into the campaign of threats against Mario Humberto Gómez Yardez
and his family; urging those responsible be brought to justice.
APPEALS TO:
Governor of Mendoza Province
Dr.Arturo Lafalla
Gobernador de la Provincia de Mendoza
Casa de Gobierno
5500 Mendoza
Provincia de Mendoza, Argentina
Telegrams: Gobernador, Mendoza, Argentina
Faxes: + 5461 492142
Salutation: Sr. Gobernador / Dear Governor
Undersecretary of Justice
Dr. Julio R. Gomez
Subsecretario de Justicia
Ministerio de Gobierno
2
Casa de Gobierno, 3er Piso
5500 Mendoza,
Provincia de Mendoza, Argentina
Telegrams: Subsecretario de Justicia, Mendoza, Argentina
Faxes: + 5461 492142
Salutation: Sr. Subsecretario de Justicia / Dear Secretary of Justice
Interior Minister
Sr. Pablo Marquez
Ministro de Gobierno Interino
Ministerio de Gobierno
Casa de Gobierno
3er Piso - Cuerpo Central
5500 Mendoza,
Provincia de Mendoza, Argentina
Telegrams: Ministro de Gobierno, Mendoza, Argentina
Faxes: + 5461 492142
Salutation: Sr Ministro / Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Government Human Rights Body
Human Rights Under secretariat
Subsecretaria de Derechos Humanos
Ministerio del Interior
Dra. Alicia Pierini
Moreno 711, 2o. Piso
1091 Capital Federal, Argentina
Faxes: + 541 343 2326
Newswpapar
Diario Los Andes
San Martín 1049
5500 Mendoza,
Provincia de Mendoza, Argentina
Faxes: + 5461 491218
and to diplomatic representatives of Argentina accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 3 December 1997.

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