Thursday, July 5, 2012

Convicted: Baby-Stealers from Argentina's Dirty War

I've posted before (here and here and here and here) about the trial in Argentina over the systematic stealing of babies from murdered/imprisoned/disappeared leftists by the military junta during the Dirty War of the '70s '80s. Those babies were placed in politically-connected families, often military families.  Well, the court announced the guilty verdicts today:
An Argentine court Thursday found two former dictators, among others, guilty of stealing babies during the country's dirty war.

Jorge Rafael Videla, who ruled as a dictator between 1976 to 1981, was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

He was among the coup leaders who overthrew then-President Isabel Martinez de Peron in March 1976.

Gen. Reynaldo Benito Bignone, who ruled the country from June 1982 until the nation's return to democracy in December 1983, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

They were both found guilty of systematically stealing babies from political prisoners and giving them new identities.

1 comment:

Lucy. said...

I'm from Uruguay, a little country next to Argentina, and we had our dictatorial period at the same time and obviously connected, some of the babies that were kinapped here ended up in BsAs, here we all know someone affected by it, a family of a missing person, even I am afected by it, they killed my granpa, so to see some progress is really important but there's still so much missing information, it seems like a never ending progress...