August 7, 2003 |
Argentine authorities detained a Roman Catholic priest Wednesday and accused him of helping police and army torturers extract information from leftists during a 1976-83 dictatorship. Under Argentine law a judge must decide in the next few days whether to press criminal charges against the Rev. Christian von Wernich, a former police chaplain who has been the target of street protests over the last decade.
October 10, 2007 |
A Roman Catholic priest accused of collaborating with the Argentine military dictatorship more than two decades ago was convicted Tuesday of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison. The case of Christian Federico von Wernich, 69, a former police chaplain, had become a rallying cry among human rights activists who said it was the first time the church's alleged complicity with the junta had been addressed in court.
July 4, 1995 |
The infamous name of Father Christian von Wernich, a parish priest in the quiet town of Bragado, Argentina, has been in the news again lately. Von Wernich's resurgent notoriety has to do with the torture, disappearance and murder of political prisoners under military rule in the late 1970s, when he was a police chaplain.
October 21, 2007 |
buenos aires -- He was a Catholic priest who roamed the gulag of secret Argentine detention centers like a kind of spiritual predator. "The life of men depends on God -- and on your collaboration," Father Christian Federico von Wernich once advised an inmate before betraying the prisoner's trust, according to testimony.