Fifteen Repressors Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

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Fifteen repressors who acted during the last military dictatorship have been condemned to life imprisonment late Tuesday after two human rights trials closed.

In Buenos Aires, at the Tribunal Oral Federal 2, 12 repressors were sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity committed at the Club Atlético-Banco-Olimpio clandestine torture centre during the 1976-83 military junta’s reign. Four others were sentenced to 25 years in prison, and a further person was cleared of all charges.

In all of the charges, the court found it proven that all of those were “participants” in the murders of five people disappeared, whose remains were later discovered. They were also found guilty of acting in over a hundred illegal kidnappings and torture.

At this clandestine torture centre there were more than 500 detainees, of whom the majority were disappeared.

At a further trial in the city of Mar del Plata, another three repressors were sentenced to life imprisonment, also guilty of committing crimes against humanity. The defendants were found guilty of participating in repression at the illegal detention centre in the Naval Base in the Atlantic coastal city.

The court declared that on the 18th February 2011 it would be decided if they would serve out their sentences in a common prison or would continue to live under house arrest, as has been the case until now.

According to human rights organizations, during the last dictatorship which ruled Argentina from 1976-83, 30,000 people were disappeared. A further 500 babies were illegally given up for adoption. In 2010 alone, 172 people were tried for crimes committed under the regime, and a further 158 were sentenced.

Story courtesy of Agencia Pulsar, a news agency run by AMARC-ALC network of community radios.

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