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Argentine ex-dictator gets life

Dec 22, 2010

Former Argentine dictator Jorge Videla, considered the architect of the ‘dirty war’ waged by the Argentina’s military that resulted in thousands of people being killed or disappeared, was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the torture and murder of 31 prisoners in 1976.The Washington Post reports “The judges found Videla “criminally responsible” for the torture and deaths of 31 prisoners who were pulled from civilian jail cells and officially “shot while trying to escape” as the military consolidated its power in the months after the coup” in 1976. Videla previously served five years in a military prison for crimes against humanity, but was pardoned by President Carlos Menem.

Videla is also wanted on an international arrest warrant issued by Germany in connection with the death of a German citizen during the period of the dirty war. You can find more details and case documents at TRIAL Watch.