The Spanish justice authorized the extradition of a Uruguayan doctor who will be tried for torture during the dictatorship
Eight victims denounced that Carlos Suzacq advised the military on the resistance capacity of their bodies to the humiliation to which they were subjected
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A Spanish court authorized the extradition to Uruguay of the Spanish-Uruguayan doctor Carlos Suzacq, claimed to be tried for “advising” on torture during the dictatorship. This request had been formally made by the Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Humanity, headed by prosecutor Ricardo Perciballe.
Several victims of State terrorism identified him as the one who prepared the medical records of the kidnapped and advised the torturers on the resistance of the bodies. In other words, he indicated at what point the torture should stop because the risk to the person's life was clear. They are trying to try him for crimes of injuries and illegal detention.
There are eight victims of the dictatorship, who suffered torture in one of the detention centers, the Mechanized Cavalry Regiment number 6 between 1972 and 1975, and in their stories they denounced Dr. Suzacq.
The specialized prosecutor in Crimes Against Humanity, Ricardo Perciballe, requested his extradition to the Spanish Justice.
According to the Uruguayan prosecutor specialized in Crimes against Humanity, it is not only the people who gave a statement who would have been victims. Since he said that there are testimonies of “about forty victims” that place Suzacq in the Army regiment in which they were detained, the so-called “Sixth Cavalry”.
Spain agrees to extradition
As reported by EFE, and confirmed by Uruguayan media, in Spain the National Court “has agreed to extradite to Uruguay a doctor claimed in that country for advising the military in interrogations between 1972 and 1975,” according to what was indicated. in a statement that jurisdiction in charge of extraditions based in Madrid.
The victims state that the doctor Suzacq advised the military on “when to stop or continue with the torture”, about facts that “would constitute the crimes of abuse of authority against detainees, serious injuries and unlawful deprivation of liberty classified as crimes against humanity.”
Carlos Suzcq Fiser during the hearing for his extradition to Uruguay, yesterday, at the National Court in Madrid.
Suzacq, 72, refused to be extradited and limited himself to saying that he knew what he had “read” when asked if he was aware of the alleged events that occurred in 1974 and 1975, during the dictatorship ( 1973-1985), when he was a doctor in a military unit.
The defendant opposed his delivery to Uruguay and invoked his Spanish nationality, which he had acquired by marriage in 1978, as well as his roots in Spain since 1977. That year he went into exile and established his residence in this country, working as a doctor.
Crimes against humanity do not prescribe
The doctor's defense claimed the statute of limitations for the crimes, given that in Spain the crime against humanity was introduced after the events for which he is claimed occurred, as well as the crime of torture, which was introduced into Spanish law in 2010.
The Spanish court argues that, when it comes to crimes against humanity, the facts have not prescribed, and in terms of Spanish nationality, he considers that it is not cause to deny extradition, nor the fact of having practiced medicine in Spain.
Despite the fact that more than forty years have elapsed, “the nature and seriousness of them, as well as the avoidance of their going unpunished, leads this court to accede to the extradition request”, conclude the magistrates
The former doctor of the Uruguayan army Carlos Suzacq opposed his extradition to Uruguay this Wednesday at the Spanish National Court.
Given the seriousness of the facts, they consider that the petition of the victims should be addressed to unravel, to the extent Where possible, what happened, and the presence of the defendant is essential in the criminal proceedings that are being followed in Uruguay.
In March 2021, Spain extradited to Uruguay another person claimed for crimes against humanity, Uruguayan colonel Eduardo Ferro, accused of illegal detention, torture and disappearance tion of young opponents during the dictatorship.