Human remains have been discovered at the former home of ‘paedophile’ Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner who reportedly kidnapped kids as young as 10 who he kept as sex slaves.
The former president, widely labelled a brutal dictator, led an army coup in 1954 and ruled the country for 35 years.
The remains were found at the property on Mariscal Lopez Avenue in Ciudad del Este, the second most populated city in Paraguay and capital of the south-eastern department of Alto Parana.
Reports said that the gruesome remains were found by several families looking for gold and other artefacts in the house.
According to local media, Stroessner, whose regime has been accused of kidnapping children and keeping sex slaves aged between 10 and 15 years of age, owned the house and it is believed to have contained a torture room.
Prosecutors Alcides Gimenez and Ricardo Merol are reportedly heading the investigation into the findings.
Gimenez said that investigators will compare the remains with the list of people who went missing during the dictatorship, which lasted from 1954 until Stroessner was himself ousted in a coup in 1989 and fled to Brazil where he died in 2006 aged 93.
According to the country’s Truth and Justice Commission, 336 people are recorded as missing during Stroessner’s reign.
However, the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Historical Memory and Reparation said that the number is 459 based on collected documents and testimonies.
Stroessner was a notorious philanderer who engaged in many extramarital affairs before and during his presidency.
According to many sources, some of his affairs were with teenage girls as young as 13, and he may have fathered over 30 illegitimate children.
The allegations surfaced after his downfall, further tarnishing his reputation.
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