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article imageArgentina — Former dictator Bignone receives third life sentence

By Igor I. Solar     Mar 13, 2013 in World
Buenos Aires - The Argentine justice system condemned former general Reynaldo Bignone, the country’s last dictator, to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity committed in a clandestine detention center at the military garrison of "Campo de Mayo" in Buenos Aires
After the disastrous failure of his predecessor, General Leopoldo Galtieri in the Falklands War, Reynaldo Bignone became the last dictator of Argentina (1982-1983). He negotiated the transition to democracy after ordering the destruction of all documents concerning the arrests, torture and killings of the disappeared, and signing an Amnesty Law which was later revoked.
His comrades in arms called General Bignone “The Priest” for his devotion to the Catholic Church. During his mandate, the Argentine Army ran two concentration camps and a clandestine maternity. It is estimated about 4,000 guerrillas and political opponents were executed in those facilities. Many were never found and enlarged the list of the “disappeared”.
This is the third life sentence for the 85-year-old former general who in 2010 and 2012 had received life-imprisonment terms for other crimes that took place at Campo de Mayo, the largest military base in the country. Bignone had also been condemned in 2010 and in 2011 to 25 years in prison for crimes committed in Campo de Mayo, while last December received his third conviction to 15 years in prison for crimes committed in the clandestine detention center that operated within the public hospital “Posadas”, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
In addition to the latest sentence applied to Bignone, the Federal Court of the locality of San Martin also gave the maximum sentence to the former commander of the Military Institutes Santiago Omar Riveros and three of his assistants, Luis Sadi, Eduardo Corrado and Carlos Tomás Macedra.
Former Argentine dictator Reynaldo Benito Bignone facing the justice system for crimes agains humani...
Former Argentine dictator Reynaldo Benito Bignone facing the justice system for crimes agains humanity.
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The court found them responsible of illegal arrests, kidnapping, robbery, torture and murder of 23 of the detainees, including seven pregnant women who gave birth in the military garrison of Campo de Mayo and whose bodies remain missing.
After the reading of the verdict, the judges issued orders for the arrest of those convicted who are not already in prison, and announced that the reading of the foundations of the judgment will be held on May 14.
The long list of convictions issued by the Argentine justice system to Reynaldo Bignone compares with those given in Chile to General Manuel Contreras, former head of the Chilean Secret Police (DINA) during the military regime of General Augusto Pinochet. Contreras is currently serving a total of 275 years in prison as a result of 36 cases processed by Chile’s Supreme Court.
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