Ex Argentinian Army Officers Jailed for Crimes Against Humanity

A federal court in Argentina sentenced 19 former Argentinian army officers to prison for human rights violations during the country’s dictatorial government from 1976 to 1983.

The Federal Court of San Martín convicted 10 of the 19 military officials to life in prison for homicide, torture, rape, and kidnapping. 

The court sentenced the other nine from four to 22 years in prison.

Among the officers that received a life sentence was the ex-head of the Military Institutes Command, Santiago Omar Riveros, 98. Rivero was sentenced to 16 life imprisonment, but reports said he is not expected to go to prison.

Victims included workers and union delegates from Buenos Aires’ factories. Of the 350 victims of the so-called Campo de Mayo military base where the crimes occurred, 14 were pregnant women. The military officials reportedly sold the women’s children after delivery.

According to human rights groups, some 30,000 people were killed from 1976 to 1983.


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