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Argentina: “Angel of Death” and 28 ex military sentenced to life in prison for crimes during dictatorship

Thursday, November 30th 2017 - 09:32 UTC
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A former navy captain known as the ”Angel of Death'' was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for human rights violations committed at a notorious clandestine detention and torture center during Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship. Read full article


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  • Brit Bob

    Captain Aztiz was also involved in the Falklands conflict in 1982 and signed the surrender of the South Georgia garrison to the advancing British Task Force that finally recovered the Islands in June. He was flown a prisoner to the UK, but later returned before France requested his extradition on the case of the killing of the two nuns.

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 10:25 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • pgerman

    @Enrique Massot.

    The dictatorship of Mauricio Macri not only persecutes, imprisons and murders inocent Mapuche people.

    Now the Government pursues elder militars such as Alfredo Astiz and also pacific and innocent supporters of football clubs. The whole group of holligangs of Club Independent (including the Vice President of the Club) were arrested by the security forces today in the morning.

    An international condem is needed against the repressive government of Mauricio Macri !!!!

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse -10
  • The Voice

    Are these gangs criminal? Is that why they have been arrested?

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 01:26 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • golfcronie

    Gosh pgerman you are against justice then, no wonder Argentina is a backwater of a country. See how long before these evil bastards came to be locked up, no doubt they will be under house arrest instead of jail. About time Macri goes after these jokers who feel they are above the law, good luck to him , I hope he drags Argentina into the 20th century and I wish him all the luck, especially if he has to deal with the likes of you.

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 03:32 pm - Link - Report abuse +5
  • gordo1


    Are you sane? How on earth can you protest justice in the case of Astiz?

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 05:31 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • golfcronie

    pgerman, do you not know the difference between a “ dictator” and a “ President”?Poor you.

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 07:33 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Enrique Massot

    This is indeed a historical moment, and let's consider the merits of Argentina in being so far the only country to prosecute criminals against humanity with its own judicial system, as compared with crimes prosecuted by international tribunals as in former Yugoslavia or Rwanda.

    The ESMA case is by far the most important of all the trials that have taken place to date, and has uncovered crimes so abhorrent and so coldly planned, they have been repudiated across the world. Esma was a factory-like place, where prisoners were constantly arriving to be tortured without limits of intensity or duration and those considered no longer useful for information purposes were sent in the death flights, never to be seen again. Pregnant female prisoners were kept until delivery, executed shortly after, and their babies illegally given to military or police couples.

    The trials related to those crimes have been kept within the realm of the justice system, most have started years ago, and current president Macri has no merit in launching them. Perhaps he should be recognized for not trying to stop them so far, although since his election newspapers such as La Nacion have been publishing the occasional demand to let the criminals - who they call “poor old guys” - go home. No long ago there was an attempt to legalize a double time counting for jail time that failed because of strong popular rejection.

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 07:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    And Argentina are still electing “ lawmakers ” who are being investigated for criminal behavior, only a corrupt country like Argentina where the law means absolutely a joke.

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 08:58 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • DemonTree

    Heh, golfcronie and gordo1 need new sarcasm detectors. 

    Well done to Argentina for prosecuting these people. Evidently the law is not a complete joke. I hope they actually serve their sentences and don't get pardoned in a few years' time as happened before.

    Dec 01st, 2017 - 12:41 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • imoyaro

    I can just see pgerman demonstrating against the Nuremberg Trials...

    Dec 05th, 2017 - 11:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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