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Lino César Oviedo Silva (Juan de Mena, Paraguay, 23 de septiembre de 1943 - Hayes, Paraguay, 2 de febrero de 2013) fue un general y político paraguayo, que sirvió como comandante del Ejército Paraguayo hasta su arresto, el 22 de abril de 1996. Ha sido hallado culpable de un intento de golpe de estado, del magnicidio del vicepresidente Luis María Argaña, de dirigir una masacre contra civiles y de haber incitado a un segundo intento golpista contra el gobierno paraguayo.

 

Fue condenado por el intento de golpe de estado de abril de 1996 y posteriormente fue absuelto. Oviedo y sus partidarios negaron todas estas acusaciones y afirmaron ser víctimas de persecución política por intentar producir cambios beneficiosos para el Paraguay. Fue sospechoso de ser unos de los cabecillas del robo de actas electorales de las primeras elecciones internas de la Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado del 27 de diciembre de 1992, en la cual según sondeos de la época triunfó con holgada mayoría Luis María Argaña, entonces líder del Movimiento de Reconciliación Colorada, con el líder del Movimiento Coordinadora Colorada Campesina, Juan Bautista Ybañez, su compañero de fórmula.

 

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Lino César Oviedo Silva (September 23, 1943 – February 2, 2013) was a Paraguayan politician and army general. He was the leader of the National Union of Ethical Citizens, which split from the Colorado Party in 2002.

 

Political career

On June 28, 2004, he returned to Paraguay and was detained by the police, who took him to the Military Prison of Viñas Cué, located a short distance from Asunción. Initially sentenced to a ten-year term, he was released on parole for good behaviour on 6 September 2007.

 

In November 2006, a Paraguayan man, Tomás Velázquez, held a hunger strike before he crucified himself publicly as a protest in Asunción. He maintained that Oviedo was the target of political persecution and that the military tribunal that convicted him for his alleged participation in a subversive plot was illegal according to the constitution, as it had been conducted in time of peace.

 

On October 30, 2007, Oviedo's conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in an eight to one decision following testimony from former officers that there had been no coup attempt. The ruling left Oviedo free to run in the April 2008 presidential election.

 

In January 2008 he was nominated as the candidate of his party, the National Union of Ethical Citizens (UNACE), without opposition. He lost the Paraguayan general election, 2008, getting 22.8% of votes. Lino Oviedo's similarly-named nephew, Lino César Oviedo Sánchez, has been a member of the Senate of Paraguay for UNACE since 2008.

 

Death

On the night of 2 February 2013, Lino Cesar Oviedo died in a helicopter accident near Puerto Antequera, in the Chaco region. He was flying back to Asunción after an electoral ra. ly held in the city of Concepción. His death was confirmed the following day by a national police rescue team.

 

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15th Dec 08

updated: 2013-06-25

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