A former Roman Catholic priest who delivered dozens of Argentines to the former military junta was sentenced to life in prison yesterday. Christian von Wernich, 69, passed his parishioners’ confessions to police during the so-called "Dirty War," leading to 7 murders, 42 abductions and 31 cases of torture, according to the BBC. Survivors say he watched torture sessions, absolving police of blame.
Crowds outside cheered, set off fireworks, and burned the priest in effigy, Britain's Times reports. “Justice has been done,” said one activist. “The Catholic Church was an accomplice.” The church, however, said von Wernich had sinned “against God, humanity, and his own conscience.” Von Wernich had likened his plight to Jesus’ trial and called his accusers possessed by the devil.