Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gutiérrez and the second or maternal family name is Ruiz.
Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz.

Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz (1934, Montevideo – May 20, 1976, Buenos Aires) was a Uruguayan political figure, who died by assassination in the framework of Operation Condor. He was married to Matilde Rodriguez Larreta and had five children: Marcos, Juan Pablo, Magdalena, Facundo and Mateo.

Background and political role[edit]

He served as a Uruguayan deputy, and was member of the National Party. He was Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies at the time of the coup d'état in 1973, after which he exiled himself in Argentina.[1]

Assassination and prosecution file[edit]

Héctor Gutiérrez was abducted on 18 May 1976 by a paramilitary group. He was tortured and shot; his body was discovered on 21 May in an abandoned Torino sedan, at the corner of Perito Moreno and Dellepiane in Buenos Aires. Three other bodies were found in the car – Zelmar Michelini, former senator, and two Tupamaros militants, William Whitelaw and Rosario del Carmen Barredo, all of whom had also been tortured before they were killed.[1]

Judge Roberto Timbal put former dictator Juan María Bordaberry and former Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Blanco Estradé under preventive detention on 16 November 2006, for having orchestrated the murders. Uruguayan police officer Hugo Campos has also been suspected of being responsible.[2]


  1. ^ a b Elías, Jorge (1 July 2004). "Montevideo, at the Corner of Buenos Aires" Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.. Proyecto Impunidad.
  2. ^ "A los 73 años murió el inspector mayor (r) Hugo Campos Hermida". LaRed21. 25 November 2001.