Friday, August 14, 2009

Argentine general sentenced to life for rights abuses

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BUENOS AIRES — The former general who ran a base that was the backdrop for multiple abuses during Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for human rights violations.

Santiago Omar Riveros, 86, who commanded the Campo de Mayo barracks near Buenos Aires, was found guilty of torturing and beating to death 15-year-old Floreal Avellaneda, and abducting his mother, Iris.

The teenager and his mother were arrested at their home a month after the March 1976 military coup.

Iris told the court they were both tortured to find out the whereabouts of her son's father, who had managed to escape capture by jumping from his rooftop when neighbors warned him of the police raid.
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Picture: Members of the organization Mothers of Plaza de Mayo pose with pictures of relatives who disappeared

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