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Argentine Navy captain ‘Angel Face’ Astiz sentenced to life imprisonment

Thursday, October 27th 2011 - 06:52 UTC
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Two notorious former Argentine navy officers Alfredo Astiz and “Tigre” Acosta were sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday night after being found guilty of kidnapping, torture and the forced disappearances of many detainees in the former Navy School of Mechanics (ESMA) during the last dictatorship (1976/1983). Read full article

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  • ed

    guess that this Alfredo Astiz watchs the Italian team
    Inter matchs on tv in his jail room every weekends.

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 09:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    Why not just hang him? Should have been delivered to France.

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 10:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stillakelper

    Well that only took 30 years; wonder when the next amnesty will be.

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 10:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Isolde,
    I don´t think Argentina has a death penalty, even for the most heinous crimes for which this man has been convicted.
    Normally sentence in the home country ranks higher than extradition for criminal acts elsewhere.

    He has only been imprisoned now because the 'Amnesty For All Time' was reversed by a later Argentinian Government.

    I have real problems with the South American liking for everlasting amnesties, de-amnesties, amnesties, de-amnesties, amnesties, de-amnesties, . . . . . until all those involved are long dead - and even then the process continues as political posturing.

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 12:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    Capital punishment was abolished for the last crimes thus:

    Argentina: 06/02/09 - with the abolition of the Military Code of Justice
    France: Abolished 1981, constitutionally prohibited 2007
    Sweden: Peacetime offences 1923, Wartime offences 1973, constitutionally prohibited 1975
    UK: Abolished for high treason and piracy with violence (the only two remaining capital offences) 1998

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 02:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    Do his assets get stripped.does his families assets get stripped.does he have to experience his family live in poverty rather than benefit from anything which he has provided.shame on all torturers and killers

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 02:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Thank you Cristina and Néstor Kirchner for bringing justice to this criminals.
    Learn Brits, nobody is above the law. Any chance that Tony Bliar will face justice for the killing of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq?

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 03:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    Learn Brits,

    Jees cant you give your hatred of us a break Marcos?

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 03:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zethe

    ”UK: Abolished for high treason and piracy with violence (the only two remaining capital offences) 1998”

    Aye we still had a gallows untill a few years ago but i think the last actual death sentance was as far back as the 1950-60's?

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 03:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • O gara

    Well done to Argentina.Argentina has handled its cases of military savagery probably better than any other nation.
    I have to also congratulate the English judicial system where they have made many mistakes over the years but have in recent times been able to change these judgements.So here credit where its due to all

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 06:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601

    @7

    I would make George W Bush, responsible for that.

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 06:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    @11 “Middle East Peace Envoy” Tony Bliar and Bush share the responsibility Pomi.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4849744.stm

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 06:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601

    Bush is the main one to me. He lied and everybody knows that. Case closed

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 06:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    I remember his words in reference to this government's populist measures, “lo que empezó mal va a terminar peor”, prophetic words that will turn into reality for Cristina.

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 08:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    “i think the last actual death sentance was as far back as the 1950-60's?”

    The last death sentance in the UK was commuted to life imprisonment in 1973. The last actual hanging was in 1964.

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 09:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    1964, 13 August: Peter Anthony Allen, at Walton Prison in Liverpool, and Gwynne Owen Evans, at Strangeways Prison in Manchester for the murder of John Alan West, the last people executed in Britain.[14]

    Oct 27th, 2011 - 09:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anti-Fascist

    Tony Blair got rid of the death penalty for treason, it was one of his first acts as Prime Minister. I wonder why?

    I'm not a fan of the death penalty myself, look at America, for an example of that!

    However, there are certain crimes that perhaps should have the death penalty - crimes against humanity, war crimes spring to mind.

    Anyway Astiz should rot in hell. Coward, murdering, scum.

    Oct 28th, 2011 - 12:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jerry

    One of the things that it should teach is that no military personnel should accept and carry out orders from an Argentina government, especially if that government calls itself Peronist. If you do, you will eventually be the one blamed and punished for carrying out those orders.

    Oct 28th, 2011 - 05:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    It makes no sense to link astiz and the other killers to Peronist governments just as it makes no sense to link thatcher to conservative governments,although in the case of Cameron and Blair it's not so easy to see!!!.can't beat Brits for moralizing their self-interest as the natural way of things.

    Oct 28th, 2011 - 07:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Yul #19,
    your attempt at logic escapes me.

    Oct 28th, 2011 - 12:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601

    @18 look what happened to Cnl Seineldin

    @20 Another one that writes under the influence? ;-)

    Briton is a joke , is a joke brother !!! :-))

    Oct 28th, 2011 - 01:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    Exactly Geoff.how is astiz connected to peronism other than as some kind of antithesis as in@18

    Oct 28th, 2011 - 05:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jerry

    I do not condone what it eventually led to, but remember, it was a Peronist president who “asked” the military to get rid of the guerrilla groups who were causing such mayhem in Argentina, by whatever means.

    Oct 28th, 2011 - 08:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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