buenos aires - The Dutch-Argentine ex-pilot Julio Poch hears Wednesday if the court in Buenos Aires deems him guilty and punishes the execution of death flights, more than thirty years ago in his homeland. Poch has always denied having worked on the 'flights of death', but the Argentine Public Prosecution Service claimed life long ago against the former Transavia pilot.
The prosecutors accuse Poch of executing flights at the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties, in which opponents of the then dictatorship were thrown into the sea from aircraft. That happened from the Naval School (ESMA) in Buenos Aires. In the megaprocess dozens of other suspects end up.
Poch has always said that he is innocent. His lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops calls the requirement of life 'baffling' because according to him there is no demonstrable evidence. 'I know I'm innocent,' Poch told Knoops on Tuesday. 'I have never hurt anyone a hair and have no blood on my hands. That gives peace in my head. '
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