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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:16 PM
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Argentina's last dictator gets life in prison
Argentina's last dictator gets life in prison
Posted: 15 April 2011 1040 hrs

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina's last dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for crimes against humanity stemming from human rights abuses under the country's 1976-83 military regime.

Bignone, 85, had already been sentenced to 25 years in prison for "illegal privation of liberty and torture of the political prisoners."

Since amnesty laws were repealed in 2005, Argentine courts have convicted more than 200 leaders of the military regime, and cases have been opened against 800 former military and police officials.

Human rights groups estimate that as many as 30,000 people were killed or went missing during the military regime, which waged a "dirty war" against the left.
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