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Remains of Abducted Cuban Diplomat Found in Argentina
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2.- The remains of Nicomedes Galañena Crescencio Hernandez, a Cuban diplomat who disappeared on August 9, 1976, were found by a group of children in Argentina.
Judicial sources confirmed to the Argentinean Página/12 newspaper that the human remains found last June 11 in a rusted metal barrel across the aerodrome of San Fernando, and subsequently analyzed, have 99.99 percent likelihood of belonging to the Cuban diplomat.
Galañena Hernández and Jesús Cejas Arias, officials accredited to the Cuban embassy in Buenos Aires, were kidnapped by Argentinean military in the Belgrano neighborhood on that date, a few blocks from the embassy and taken to Automotores Orletti, an auto repair shop that was turned into a secret prison.
In 2011, 35 years after that event, the Cuban Granma newspaper ran an article based on declassified documents and participants in the event that revealed that the two Cubans were subjected to aggressive interrogations by members of the DINA, the secret police of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, CIA officer Michael Townley and Cuban-American Guillermo Novo Sampol, partner in crime of renowned terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.
As a result of subsequent research, it was learned that the youths were tortured with extreme violence and killed, without their captors succeeding in obtaining any information
Their bodies were placed in oil barrels, mixed with cement and lime, and dumped in an until-now unknown location.
This is not the first time that barrels with remains of victims tortured in Orletti are found. That place became the center of operations for the Operation Condor, a repressive system coordinated between the CIA and the military dictatorships that ruled South America, mainly in the 1970s.
In 1976, seven such barrels were found of the same type containing bodies and cement.
According to Página/12 in 1989 it was found that one of them was of Marcelo Gelman, son of poet Juan Gelman.
District Attorney Luis Angelini ordered the Policía Científica (crime investigators) to carry out an intensive search for more barrels in that location and to determine if these ones had been buried in the aerodrome for the last 36 years or were recently dumped there. (acn)
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