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Extended jail term for Argentina's last dictator

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Argentina’s last dictator has been sentenced to another 15 years in jail for rights abuses during a 1976 military coup.

Reynaldo Bignone, an army general who became president after the 1982 Falklands war, was found guilty of having set up a torture centre at a Buenos Aires hospital.

The 83-year-old is already serving a life sentence and a 25 year jail term for similar abuses.

Bignone argued his actions were justified because the military junta was said to be at war at the time with leftist guerrillas.

He was succeeded as president by Raul Alfonsin, Argentina’s first democratically elected head of state.