Videla gets life sentence

December 23, 2010
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Alexei Barrionuevo reports in the New York Times:

Jorge Videla, a former Argentine dictator, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday in the murder of 31 political prisoners who were killed after the 1976 coup that swept him into power. Mr. Videla, 85, is considered to have been the main force behind the violence known as the dirty war that included the forced disappearances of up to an estimated 30,000 people through 1983. In April, Argentina’s Supreme Court overturned a 1990 pardon for Mr. Videla and other military men involved in the dictatorship, paving the way for him to be tried for murder, kidnapping and torture, in the case that led to Wednesday’s sentence.

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