Uruguay president to annul amnesty decrees

AP News
Posted: Jun 27, 2011 3:40 PM
Uruguay president to annul amnesty decrees

Uruguay's government says it will remove obstacles to human rights prosecutions against scores of officials of a past dictatorship.

Earlier administrations issued decrees stating that roughly 80 cases were covered by an amnesty law. Presidential aide Alberto Brescia now says the government will annul those rulings.

Congressional allies of President Jose Mujica tried and failed to revoke the amnesty law in May. That attempt sparked strong criticism from veterans.

In many instances, courts asked earlier governments whether the amnesty law applied before ruling to suspend specific cases.

Uruguay's Congress approved the military amnesty in 1986, after leftist guerrillas who had fought the government received amnesties.