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Argentina's last dictator given life for dirty war

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Argentina's last dictator given life for dirty war


Argentina’s last dictator has been jailed for life for his role in the country’s so-called Dirty War against opponents of the military regime in the ’70s and ’80s.

Reynaldo Bignone was the last de facto president of the junta which oversaw systematic murder, torture and kidnapping of tens of thousands of people.

Three other former military or police officers were also given life sentences.

The judges ruled out the option of house arrest for the 83-year-old. The government said the punishments fit the crimes and the defendants should not have any privileges.

Human rights groups say 30,000 people died or disappeared during the dictatorship between 1976 and 1983.

Amnesty laws that protected regime members from prosecution were lifted in 2005 by Argentina’s Supreme Court.

Since then more than 200 former officials have been convicted.

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