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Argentina: Former General sentenced to life imprisonment

last updated Apr 05, 2011

A court has sentenced Ex-general Eduardo Cabanillas to life in prison for crimes against humanity while running a torture centre during Argentine’s military dictatorship from 1976-1983. Cabanillas was involved in the illegal imprisonment, torture and murder of 65 people at the Automorles Orletti secret prison.

Photos of the disappeared; Buenos Aires; 2004
Photos of the disappeared; Buenos Aires; 2004; Source: WikiLaurent (on Wikimedia Commons)

Most of the people brought to Automorles Orletti were killed or disappeared, among them Uruguayans, Chileans, Bolivians and Cubans. The secret prison was part of “Operation Condor”, a campaign to eliminate dissidents in South America, and known as one of the most cruel torture centres. According to survivors of Automorles Orletti the detainees were subjected to electric shocks and submerged head-first in water.

Three other former military officials received sentences between 20 and 25 years. The conviction marks another important step in the process of resolving the crimes of the past. Between 3,000 (official figures) and 30,000 (human rights groups) people disappeared or were killed during the military rule which was known as the “Dirty War”.

Independent: Ex-general gets life for junta prison atrocities

BBC News: Former Argentine Gen Eduardo Cabanillas jailed

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