BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s EAAF forensic anthropology team said that it identified the remains of a Cuban diplomat abducted 36 years ago by agents of the South American nation’s 1976-1983 military regimes.
What turned out to be the remains of Crescencio Nicomedes Galañena Hernandez were discovered in June by some boys who spotted bones sticking out of cement-filled barrels while playing on a field in the Buenos Aires suburb of San Fernando.
The remains were then tested against a DNA database of people who were “disappeared” by the junta, the EAAF said.
EAAF experts are still working to identify two other sets of bones found in the barrels.
Galañena was abducted on Aug. 9, 1976, in Buenos Aires along with another Cuban diplomat, Jesus Cejas Arias, who remains unaccounted for.
Both men were taken to Automotores Orletti, a car repair shop in the capital that was used by the military regime as a clandestine detention center.
The junta mounted a propaganda operation to suggest the two diplomats had defected, abandoning their posts at the Cuban Embassy “to enjoy the freedom of the western world,” in the words of a note falsely attributed to Galañena and Cejas.
The EAAF has worked in more than 30 countries to identify the remains of victims of repressive regimes or political violence.
The 1976-1983 junta killed some 30,000 people, according to Argentine human rights organization. EFE