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Life in Prison for Argentine ex-General in 'Dirty War' Verdict

  • Associated Press

FILE - Former Army Gen. Luciano Benjamin Menendez attends his trial in Cordoba, Argentina, July 22, 2010.

FILE - Former Army Gen. Luciano Benjamin Menendez attends his trial in Cordoba, Argentina, July 22, 2010.

A retired Argentine general has received another life sentence for killings, kidnappings and torture committed during the country's crackdown on leftists decades ago.

Eighty-nine-year-old Luciano Benjamin Menendez is already serving several other life sentences for human rights violations.

Thursday's verdict is for 282 disappearances, 52 homicides, 260 kidnappings and multiple cases of torture at a clandestine military base in the central Argentine city of Cordoba

The repression of suspected leftists began under elected President Maria Estela Martinez de Peron and continued during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.

Former Army Capts. Hector Pedro Vergez and Ernesto Barreiro also were sentenced to life imprisonment. They directly oversaw the La Perla-La Ribera torture center. It's believed to be the largest such center outside the capital.

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