Life in prison for former high officials of Argentine dictatorship

Other News Materials 29 August 2008 03:05 (UTC +04:00)

Two former high officials of the last military dictatorship in Argentina, Antonio Bussi and Luciano Benjamin Menendez, were sentenced to life in prison Thursday by a federal court in the northern Argentine city of San Miguel de Tucuman.

During the 1976-83 Argentine dictatorship some 30,000 people disappeared, according to human rights organizations. Kidnapping, torture and murder were used systematically by agents of the regime, and the bodies of thousands of people presumed killed during the military regime have never been found.

Former military officers Bussi and Menendez were found guilty of crimes against humanity during the dictatorship, as co-authors of the disappearance of former senator Guillermo Vargas Aignasse in 1976, the dpa reported.