Former military officials José Gavazzo and Ernesto Ramas, both sentenced for multiple counts of murder and kidnapping, have been released into house arrest. The decision was based on ’strictly humanitarian reasons’, a spokesman for the Uruguayan justice system reported on television. For prisoners over 70 years of age, a prison sentence can be converted to house arrest in Uruguay. This ‘humanitarian gesture’ sparked outrage and protest throughout the country. The organisation ‘Mothers and Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared’ in Uruguay recently launched a new search for those who were forcibly disappeared during the 1973-1985 dictatorship, and the government has created a Truth and Justice Commission to address the crimes committed during this period in Uruguayan history.