FORMER King Juan Carlos reportedly supported an Argentine dictatorship responsible for killing thousands of people.
Documents leaked on Tuesday reveal the Spanish government and royal house accepted gifts and medals from General Rafael Videla in exchange for support and access to international forums during the 70s and 80s.
The documents state that the ex-King ‘was in charge of facilitating deals between transition-era Spain and the Argentine government’.
According to the confidential reports, the former monarch said to Videla that he admired the Argentine’s ‘success in dealing with their economic problems’.
As part of the arrangement Videla also received the Grand Cross of the Order of Military Merit and the Collar of the Order of Isabella from the Spanish monarchy.
Another 23 Argentine soldiers were also reportedly awarded medals, including Vice Admiral of the Navy, Antonio Vanek, who also acted as head of a concentration camp.
Also decorated were Brigadier Basilio Lami of the Air Force and General Jose Rogelio Villarreal.
The relationship went both ways, with Spanish military decorated by the Videla regime.
Captain Fernando Salas, Brigadier General Manuel Vallespin, and the chief of police in Madrid, Federico Quintero all received honours from the Argentine dictatorship.
The documents also show former King Juan Carlos’ support for the Minister of Economy José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz – the man responsible for de-industrialisation of the free market that destroyed the Argentine economy.
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