The former Minister of General Defense Jose Gallardo attended Monday the trial hearing in the first proceeding for the crime against humanity processed by the National Court of Justice because he fears that this affects the prestige of the Armed Forces (FF.AA. for its Spanish acronym).
“There are people who attend these hearings to express what they feel. Why can´t the military express what we feel? We are being reproached with an unfair action and do not be surprised that we express our disagreement with reckless accusations,” Gallardo said in an interview with El Universo about the members of the disappeared subversive group Alfaro Vive Carajo.
He believes that the presence of the military high command and other military in passive service influenced to pressure the justice. “This trial is not AVC against the military. They can not respond as an institution. The three commanders of the armed forces were present at the trial. Having an audience with many military means they are on active duty and their power should intimidate us,” he said.