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Former Argentine dictator speaks in court

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Former Argentinian dictator Jorge Videla says he takes responsibility for army actions during the country’s military regime.

He is on trial with more than 20 others for human rights abuses during the dictatorship years. He has already been sentenced to life in prison, in 1985,
for crimes including murder and torture.

“I fully assume my military responsibilities for all the Argentine army’s actions during this internal war,” he told the court in the province of Cordoba.
The 84-year-old equally cleared those under his orders of any responsibility.

The first president of the dictatorship which lasted from 1976 to 1983, Videla is facing charges linked to the execution of more than 30 political prisoners. He was granted a presidential pardon from his life sentence in 1990 but that pardon was later overturned in the courts.