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Life imprisonment: Argentine ex-military "disappeared" and killed 30,000 people


They "disappeared" and killed up to 30,000 people: Argentine military officers have to go to prison for crimes against humanity they committed in the notorious Campo de Mayo.

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In the "Campo de Mayo Megatrial" in Buenos Aires, 19 people were convicted of crimes against humanity during the military dictatorship


In Argentina, ten of those accused in a major trial for crimes against humanity during the past dictatorship (1976-83) have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Another nine ex-members of the army and other security forces were sentenced to between four and 22 years in prison, according to the Argentine news agency Telam, citing a court in the greater Buenos Aires area.

According to this, crimes against more than 300 victims in the Campo de Mayo military garrison in a suburb of the capital were dealt with in more than 125 hearings.

Human rights organizations estimate that up to 30,000 people "disappeared" and were killed by the military in the hunt for citizens whom they suspected of left-wing ideas.

In her plea, prosecutor Gabriela Sosti estimated that more than 6,000 people came to the Campo de Mayo, according to Telam.

The survival rate was less than one percent.

Ex-General already sentenced to life for "death flights".

Among those sentenced to life imprisonment is an ex-general who was only sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday for the so-called death flights.

During the "death flights" members of the opposition, who were held captive in the notorious ESMA naval school in Buenos Aires and in Campo de Mayo, were thrown drugged out of naval planes into the La Plata River.

Four other former military personnel were sentenced to life imprisonment Monday night for the brutal method of killing.

Those convicted of deprivation of liberty, torture and murder are a general, a commander and two other officers.

This is reported by the Argentine news agency Telam, citing a court in San Martín near Buenos Aires.

In 2017, in the largest trial in Argentine history, a total of 48 former military personnel were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for human rights violations.

At that time, the use of so-called death flights by the Navy was considered proven.


Source: spiegel

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