Argentina – Sentenced to 50 years for stealing babies during Videla dictatorship

06 Jul

The trial began with a complaint for “removal, retention, concealment and replacement of identity under ten years”

Argentina Justice sentences Videla to 50 Years
Argentina Justice sentences Videla to 50 Years

Argentina Justice today condemned the former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla to 50 years in prison for the theft of babies in a systematic plan implemented during the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983).

The court ruled tested a crime against humanity “by the systematic and widespread abduction, detention and hiding of children under 10 years” in the context of a “plan of annihilation” against the civilian population of the argument to end the “subversion” during the military dictatorship.

Considered a process “landmark” by human rights organizations, the trial began with a complaint of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo and covers more than thirty cases.

Along with Videla sat on the bench the former dictator Reynaldo Bignone, sentenced to 15 years, Antonio Vanek, a former admiral sentenced to 40 years, former Commander Jorge Eduardo Acosta, sentenced to 30 and the former general Omar Riveros, to 20, among other repressive military dictatorship.

Sitting in the front row, Videla listened impassively as he was sentenced, which adds to the life sentence already levied against him for crimes against humanity committed during the coup regime.

According to estimates from humanitarian organizations, 105 children stolen during the dictatorship have recovered their identity, although there are over 400 similar cases pending complaints.

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