Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013

5 Argentine ex-army leaders get life terms

Argentina’s ex-military leader Reynaldo Bignone and four others were convicted Tuesday of crimes against humanity at the Campo de Mayo death camp, and sentenced to life in prison, officials said.
The cases, dating back to the country’s last 1976-1983 military regime, were dubbed “pregnant women” because seven of the victims were partners of detainees who, at the time of their arrests, were expecting.
In addition to the five life terms, the federal court also convicted six others in the same crimes and sentenced them to 12-25 years, the Supreme Court’s Judicial Information Center said.
It was the second life sentence for Bignone, the last dictator in the regime that left an estimated 30,000 people abducted and killed, according to rights groups.