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Tuesday 2 September  

No Dutch trial for Princess Máxima’s father

Published on 18 March 2012 - 6:27pm
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The Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office has announced it will not try Princess Máxima’s father, Jorge Zorreguieta. Princess Máxima is the wife of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander.

Relatives of Samuel Leonardo Slutzky, who disappeared in Argentina in 1977, pressed charges against Mr Zorreguieta in September 2011. They accuse him of involvement in the disappearance and murder of thousands of people during the military rule of General Jorge Videla between 1976 and 1981. General Videla appointed Mr Zorreguieta Deputy Minister of Agriculture after the 1976 coup that brought him to power. Between 1979 and 1981 Mr Zorreguieta served as Minister of Agriculture. Agriculture is one of Argentina’s key economic sectors.

The Public Prosecutor's Office argues there is insufficient evidence that Mr Zorreguieta was personally involved in any murders. Estimates of the number of people murdered during Argentina’s dictatorship range between 8,000 and 30,000. Many of them were thrown out of planes over the sea.

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