Carlos Arturo Juarez (born 6 February 1916 in La Banda) was an Argentine politician, Justicialist Party governor or ruler by proxy of Santiago del Estero Province over a 55-year period, leading to his description as a caudillo.
Juarez was first elected governor in 1948 during the presidency of Juan Peron and served 19491952 and 19731976. He was re-elected governor in 1983 following the restoration of democracy, and served three terms: 19831987, 19951998 and 19992001. Juarez's wife, Mercedes Aragones de Juarez, was a minister in his administration and became governor herself in 2002, serving until federal intervention removed her in 2004. Her removal came after allegations of involvement in corruption and murder. Aragones had named her husband Justice Minister in an attempt to grant him immunity.
In February 2003 a key investigation was launched into the murders of two young women, Leyla Nazar and Patricia Villalba. There were allegations that relatives of local political leaders were involved in the killings and other acts of violence, protected by Juarez. Former provincial intelligence chief Antonio Musa Azar was imprisoned and began to accuse the Juarez family in connection with a number of crimes. In October 2003, investigators produced a report documenting more than 500 complaints of illegal acts and human rights violations, even against children as young as nine years old.
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