Federal court sentences 19 former military officers to prison for crimes under dictatorship


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Buenos Aires: An Argentinian judge on Wednesday sentenced 19 former military personnel to prison terms. These former army officers were jailed for human rights abuses during the country’s military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s, Reuters reported.
The federal court in the capital Buenos Aires condemned the former military officers for enforced disappearances, homicides and torture. They were also convicted of child abduction. Notably, the military regime ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983. During this period, crimes were allegedly committed against approximately 350 victims.
According to human rights groups, nearly 30,000 people disappeared during the dictatorship. Among these sentences was the former general Santiago Riveros. Notably, General Riveros has also previously been convicted in other trials for human rights violations. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes including kidnapping and rape.
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According to Reuters reports, the convictions also covered charges of kidnapping seven workers from a Mercedes Benz factory in suburban Buenos Aires in early 1976. The kidnappings were allegedly carried out with the support of company executives.

In accordance with the charges, the seven workers were taken to the Campo de Mayo military complex. It was a secret facility that functioned as a concentration camp. Notably, six of the workers are officially missing.

Company officials reportedly complained to military authorities that the seven workers belonged to unions or sought to organize other workers. The camp was located outside of Buenos Aires


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