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Argentina: Former military officials convicted for crimes against humanity

Sun Online Desk     30th November, 2017 12:56:07 printer

Argentina: Former military officials convicted for crimes against humanity

Astiz - the so-called 'angel of death' - said he acted to save Argentina from left-wing terrorism

 

Two former navy officers in Argentina have been sentenced to life for crimes against humanity committed between 1976 and 1983 under military rule.

 

Captains Alfredo Astiz and Jorge Eduardo Acosta were found guilty of involvement in the torture and murder of hundreds of political opponents.

 

They are among 54 people who faced trial for crimes committed at the Naval Mechanical School, or Esma.

 

Out of the 54 people indicted, 29 were sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison; 19 were given sentences ranging from eight to 25 years in jail; and six were acquitted.

 

An estimated 30,000 people were killed after a military junta led by General Jorge Rafael Videla seized power in 1976 vowing to rid the country of the threat of communism.

 

Source: BBC

 

 

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