Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dan from the Army a former general convicted of crimes during the dictatorship

Buenos Aires .- The Argentine Ministry of Defense was discharged from the ranks of retired Army generals Luciano Benjamin Menendez and Antonio Domingo Bussi, two symbols of repression convicted of crimes against humanity committed during the dictatorship (1976-1983), official sources said. The Auditor General of the Armed Forces said that it was issuing from the lower of the two individuals as a result of penalties and disqualifications that are applied to convicts, "the ministry said in a statement.

"Both resolutions were adopted under the military laws and regulations in place," added the official note confirming the lower of the two former general, both hospitalized for health problems. Bussi remains in a cardiology center in Argentina's Tucumán province of cardiorespiratory problems, while Menendez was hospitalized on May 25 in the same district hospital due to acute myocardial infarction.

Menendez, 83, has six life sentences for crimes against humanity committed during Argentina's military dictatorship. In April, the former head of the Third Army Corps began to be tried in the northern province of Salta in the disappearance of a former governor in 1976, days before the coup which installed the system.

Bussi, 85, former governor of Tucuman province, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008 for the kidnapping, torture and disappearance in 1976 of the Peronist Guillermo Vargas Aignasse.

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