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Spain Requests Sentence Up to 17,000 Years for Ex-Argentine Naval Officer

Spanish prosecutors say they are requesting a prison term of up to 17,000 years for a former Argentine naval officer accused of human rights abuses.

No trial date has been set for Ricardo Cavallo, but judicial sources say his trial may begin later this year.

Cavallo has been in Spanish custody since 2003 when he was extradited from Mexico to face charges of genocide and terrorism linked to Argentina's military dictatorship more than two decades ago.

His indictment is tied to the kidnapping, torture and disappearance of more than 330 people, including Spanish citizens. He has denied taking part in torture.

As many as 30,000 people were killed or "disappeared" in Argentina during the military's rule from 1976 to 1983, the country's so-called "dirty war."

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.