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Spain Waiting for Formal Extradition Request for Former Argentine President Isabel Peron


Spanish authorities say they will not decide whether to extradite former Argentine President Isabel Peron until Buenos Aires has lodged a formal request for her return.

Mrs. Peron is wanted for questioning in Argentina about whether she is connected to a right-wing paramilitary organization accused of a series of kidnappings and killings during her administration from 1974 to 1976. The Argentina Anti-Communist Alliance is accused of killing at least 1500 people throughout the 1970's.

Spanish officials say they likely will take several months to decide whether the 75-year-old should return to Argentina.

Spanish police briefly detained Mrs. Peron earlier this month, after another Argentine judge summoned her for questioning about the disappearance of a political activist, Hector Aldo Gallego, in 1976.

A Spanish court has allowed the 75-year-old Mrs. Peron to remain free at her Madrid home pending a decision on her extradition.

Mrs. Peron was sworn in as president following the death of her husband, three-time president Juan Peron. During her brief period in power, Argentina was wracked by violence involving leftist guerrillas and death squads. A military coup deposed her in 1976, ushering in a seven-year military dictatorship blamed for thousands of deaths.

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