Monday 5 December 2016

Ex-head of Argentina air force sentenced in 'Dirty War' case

Published 08/09/2016 | 19:36

Omar Graffigna, who was head of the air force during Argentina's military dictatorship, attends his trial (AP)
Omar Graffigna, who was head of the air force during Argentina's military dictatorship, attends his trial (AP)

The former head of Argentina's air force has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the abduction and disappearance of activists during the 1976-1983 dictatorship.

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A court sentenced 90-year-old Omar Graffigna for abducting activist couple Patricia Roisinblit and Jose Manuel Perez Rojo in 1978.

Ms Roisinblit was pregnant when she, Mr Perez Rojo, and a 15-month-old daughter were taken to a clandestine detention centre. The couple were forcibly disappeared.

Guillermo Perez Roisinblit, the son Ms Roisinblit gave birth to during detention, was a plaintiff in the trial.

He was raised by Francisco Gomez, who has served time for stealing Perez when he was an infant. Gomez was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Human rights groups estimate 30,000 people were killed or disappeared during the dictatorship.

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