Uruguay finds bones of possible dirty war victim

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Posted: Oct 22, 2011 2:37 PM
Uruguay finds bones of possible dirty war victim

Uruguayan officials say searchers at an army base have found the remains of at least one person who may have been killed by agents of a past military dictatorship.

President Jose Mujica confirms the discovery at a barracks in the city of Toledo. His office said Friday that forensic anthropologists also found a shoe there that may have belonged to a person who vanished in official custody during the dictatorship from 1975 to 1983.

Mujica himself was a rebel who was imprisoned during that period.

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Ruling party congressman Esteban Perez says the find bolsters efforts to revoke an amnesty for security forces who committed crimes. The issue goes before congress soon. The amnesty was meant to ease social tensions as democracy was restored.