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Court rejects amnesty law

October 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Uruguay's Supreme Court has ruled that a law protecting military officers from prosecution for dictatorship-era human rights abuses is unconstitutional, a prosecutor said.

The ruling, which comes days before a nationwide referendum on whether to scrap the amnesty law, applies to an investigation into the death of Nibia Sabalsagaray, who died in 1974 apparently after being tortured.

Uruguayans, who go to the polls for a presidential election Sunday, will also vote in a referendum on whether to annul the law, which grants military officers amnesty from prosecution for rights abuses allegedly committed during the 1973-85 dictatorship.

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