Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Former President goes on trial for crimes against humanity:illegal arrests, torture, and killings during the "First War on Terror" in Argentina

Published on the "JURIST Legal News and Research"

"Former Argentina president goes on trial for 'Dirty War' rights abuses"

Former Argentine president and general Reynaldo Bignone went on trial (in spanish - Centro de Información Judicial) Monday for crimes against humanity allegedly perpetrated during Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The allegations, which include illegal arrest, torture, and killing of dissidents, stem from the 56 confirmed cases of torture at the Campo de Mayo military base outside Buenos Aires. An Argentinian judge ordered Bignone's arrest and ruled that he would face criminal charges [JURIST reports] in March 2007. Bignone, 81, is being tried along with five other Argentine generals, including Santiago Omar Riveros, who was convicted of human rights abuses [JURIST report] in August and sentenced to life in prison for killing 15-year-old Floreal Avellaneda and detaining his mother during the dictatorship. Witness testimony is set to begin November 10, and the trial is expected to last until March 2010.

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