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Uruguayan Ex-Dictator to Stand Trial for More Murders


A court in Uruguay has ruled that former President Juan Maria Bordaberry will stand trial for the murder of ten more political dissidents during his rule in the 1970s.

Mr. Bordaberry is already in jail and awaiting trial for his alleged role in four political killings in 1976. One of his top aides, former Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Blanco, is also facing charges for those deaths.

Mr. Bordaberry was elected president in 1971. In June 1973, he dissolved Uruguay's Congress and began a repressive campaign against dissidents. Mr. Bordaberry was pushed out of power by the military in 1976.

Democracy returned to Uruguay in 1985 with the election of President Julio Sanguinetti.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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