Argentina's last dictator gets 25 years in prison





Argentina's last dictator was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for torture and kidnappings committed during the nation's 1976-1983 military regime.

Reynaldo Bignone, 82, was convicted along with five other former military officers for 56 cases involving torture, illegal detentions and other crimes in one of Argentina's largest torture centers, the Campo de Mayo military base.

Human rights groups say that of the 4,000 dissidents taken to the base, about 50 emerged alive. The army-run base also had a clandestine maternity center where detained dissidents gave birth only to have officials take their babies away to be adopted by military families.


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