Thursday, December 23, 2010


Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo
Grandmothers of victims of Argentina's Dirty War

Life Sentence For Videla, Architect Of Argentina's "Dirty War":
"Argentina’s former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, the architect of the notorious Dirty War of the late 1970s, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for murder and human rights abuses, bringing some long-awaited sense of justice to the victims. But in a decades-long legal battle, Videla’s own courtroom testimony earlier this week may revive debate about one of Argentina’s darkest chapters.

The 85-year-old former army general was convicted by a court in Córdoba for the shooting deaths of 31 political prisoners, after the March 1976 coup that he and other officers staged against the government of María Estela (Isabel) Martínez de Perón. He was also found guilty of the kidnapping and torture of five policemen and the brother of one of the officers, as reported the Bueno Aires daily La Nación. Videla was ordered to serve the rest of his life inside a civilian prison."
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