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Argentine Court Convicts Former Officials for Crimes During Military Dictatorship

HeadlineNov 30, 2017

And in Argentina, a federal court in Buenos Aires sentenced 29 former members of the U.S.-backed military junta to life imprisonment on Wednesday, over their roles in carrying out murders during the dictatorship of the 1970s and '80s. Among those sentenced were two former military pilots who led so-called death flights, in which activists and dissidents were thrown from an airplane into the South Atlantic. The ruling was welcomed by members of the group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who rallied near the courthouse in Buenos Aires. This is Taty Almeida, who's spent the last 40 years searching for her daughter, who was abducted by the Argentine dictatorship in 1976.

Taty Almeida: “We are agree that these trials should move forward, in spite of how this government wants to continue putting sticks in the spokes of the wheels of justice. But to hear 'life in prison,' for example, for two of the pilots of the death flights, creates a mix of emotions, which are interwoven. I don’t know if the word is 'happiness,' but, yes, we are celebrating that this is happening.”

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