Sunday 26 January 2020

Notorious dictator Videla dies in prison

Michael Warren Buenos Aires

Former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, who took power over Argentina in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands of his fellow citizens, has died in his sleep while serving life in prison for crimes against humanity.

Videla (87) was found lifeless in his bed and declared dead in the Marcos Paz prison.

Videla ran one of the bloodiest military governments during South America's era of dictatorships, and later sought to take full responsibility for kidnappings, tortures, deaths and disappearances when he was tried again and again for these crimes in recent years. He said he knew about everything that happened under his rule because "I was on top of everyone".

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