Missing Argentine 'Dirty War' Trial Witness Found

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- A key witness in a human rights trial stemming from Argentina's military dictatorship was found beaten Friday, two days after he went missing.

Luis Gerez, who has accused a former police chief of torturing him during the 1966-73 dictatorship, was found by a police patrol in a street of Garin, a town just north of Buenos Aires, said Leon Arslanian, the Buenos Aires security minister.

A friend who spoke to Gerez at a hospital, Alberto Fernandez de Rosa, said Gerez had been abducted by three men who had blindfolded, beat and burned him with cigarettes.

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