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'Angel of Death' on trial in Argentina

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'Angel of Death' on trial in Argentina


A former Argentinian naval officer said to be a notorious torturer known as the “Blond Angel of Death” is appearing in court in Buenos Aires.

Alfredo Astiz is among 19 others accused of dozens of killings during the Argentinian military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983, when thousands suspected of opposition to the ruling military junta “disappeared”.

Argentinian Human Rights Protection Under- Secretary Luis Alem said: “This is just the first part of the enormous amount of crimes committed. Not all those responsible will be tried, just a part of them, but we hope it is going to be the beginning of the judgement of all of them and their convictions. We hope they will be sentenced to life in jail and they will serve their time in a common prison as it should be.”

As many as 30,000, people, many of them trade unionists and intellectuals vanished after being taken to a former Navy Mechanics school where they were tortured and then executed, often by being thrown from aircraft.

Astiz, who is 58, is wanted in France for the kidnap and murder of two French nuns.

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