Argentine journalist's testimony could expose Catholic church's relationship to military dictatorship

The Argentine journalist Patricio Downes gave testimony in the trial of priest Horacio Zitelli for crimes against humanity on Dec. 15, reported the newspaper Clarín.

The journalist, who works for Clarín, was kidnapped for three days in August 1977 and held in a clandestine detention center in the province of Santa Fe during the last military dictatorship. Downes said he was interrogated by the police chaplain.

The priest is accused of unlawful deprivation of liberty, torture, homicide, and conspiracy. His case could be key to understanding the Catholic church's relationship with the military dictatorship in Argentina, according to the newspaper Clarín.