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Argentinean pilot arrested in Spain for involvement in ‘death flights’ during the military regime

last updated Sep 24, 2009

On September 22, Julio Alberto Poch was arrested at Valencia airport accused of flying planes used to dump political opponents of the country's military regime into the sea. Such practices were used during the military junta’s so-called ‘Dirty War’ (1976-1983) during which some 30,000 people disappeared or died. Mr Poch is also said to have been a military pilot at Argentina's Naval Mechanics School, known as one of the biggest torture and detention centres of the military regime. Since the suspending of amnesty laws by Argentina’s Supreme Court in 2005, alleged human rights abusers again face prosecution.

BBC News: 'Dirty war pilot' held in Spain