Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
November 18, 1978
RESOLUTION No 27/78
Case 2484 (ARGENTINA)
"Dagmar Ingrid HAGELIN. - Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 29, 1959. Citizenship: Swedish-Argentine. - 1. 1-26-77 - A friend of Miss Dagmar Ingrid HAGELIN, Norma Burgos, was arrested between 5 and 6:00 p.m. on a street in Buenos Aires. The Navy had asked the Police Unit in Morón, in the western section of Buenos Aires, to radio all the stations in the area announcing that a military operation would be conducted that afternoon. It was to be carried out by the Unit of the Naval Mechanics School in Sargento Cabral Street, No. 317, in the Palomar area. The radio message said that the operation would be carried out in four vehicles: 3 Foro Falcons (one white, one green and the third pale blue) and a blue Chevrolet. The four automobiles drew up to the address given above about 10:25 p.m. After attacking the house, the four cars left, taking Norma Burgos away, and leaving 7 soldiers in the house for the night. They were carrying submachineguns and were wearing bullet-proof vests. Norma Burgos' parents and her small baby remained in the house. 2. 1-27-77 - About 8:30 a.m., without realizing what had happened, Miss Hagelin came to her friend Norma's house to ask about her vacation plans. Seeing a group of armed men, she took fright and ran away. Two of the men followed her down Pampa street, and one of them took out a pistol and fired at her once. She fell to the ground, one of the men came up to her, while the other went over to a taxi driver, and pointed the submachinegun at him. They told the cabby that they were from the Federal Police (which was not true), and that he would have to hand the taxi over to them. They drove the taxi to the place where Miss Hagelin had fallen, and put her in the front of the automobile. Because of a mechanical hitch, they were unable to close the trunk and they called the taxi driver over to help them shut it. At that moment, the taxi driver, as well as other people who where in the vicinity, saw that although she was hurt, Miss Hagelin was pushing upward with both hands from inside the trunk. They finally closed the trunk, drove around the block, picked up the other five men and went off taking Miss Hagelin with them. 3. 1-28-77 - In the morning, the Swedish Embassy in Buenos Aires was asked for diplomatic immunity for Miss Hagelin. This was done, and the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Argentina was so informed. An interested party then made contact with the Morón and Palomar police stations and officially confirmed that the operation was indeed an official military action, duly registered in both stations. 4. 1-30-77 -Miss Hagelin's father, accompanied by a soldier, went to the taxi driver's house to get information on his automobile, which had been stolen from him. 5. 2-16-77 - Men dressed in civilian clothing went to the cab driver's house, gave him the key to his taxi, told him where it was (in the town of San Martín), and threatening him, ordered him to say that he had found it in El Palomar. 6. 4-13-77 - A writ of habeas corpus was filed with the Argentinean Department of Justice, and the reply has until now been negative."
"Miss Hagelin's father, accompanied by a high-ranking military officer, saw the police records in the Morón Police Station, where it was recorded that the operation was conducted by the Navy Mechanics School, which was the place she was reported to have been detained (incomunicado)."
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"C. Persons concerning whom there is no record of arrest and who are the object of a police search by the Ministry of the Interior:
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66. HAGELIN, Dagmar Ingrid (Case 2484)."
"1. The occurrence of the events on which information has been requested will be presumed to be confirmed if the Government referred to does not supply such information within 180 days of the request, provided always, that the invalidity of the events denounced is not shown by other elements of proof."
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