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Spanish court informs ex-Argentine President Isabel Peron of 2nd arrest warrant

Spanish court informs ex-Argentine President Isabel Peron of 2nd arrest warrant

Former Argentine President Isabel Peron was informed Thursday by Spain's National Court of a new arrest warrant summoning her for questioning about a right-wing death squad during her 1974-76 rule.
Peron was arrested in Madrid on Jan. 12 at the request of an Argentine judge in connection with the disappearance of a Peronist party member in February 1976. She was freed after several hours of questioning but ordered to appear every two weeks at the court.
Fulfilling the condition Thursday, Peron was informed by Judge Juan del Olmo of another arrest warrant issued Jan. 16 in the probe of kidnappings and killings blamed on the Argentine Anti-communist Alliance, a shadowy paramilitary group known as the Triple A.
Peron, whose full name is Maria Estela Martinez de Peron, arrived at the Madrid court accompanied by police. She was released again under the same condition that she appear every two weeks, a court spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity, citing court rules.
Argentina is expected to file an extradition request to Spain in coming weeks.
Peron led a 20-month government after her husband, Gen. Juan Domingo Peron, died in office during his third elected term in July 1974. She had been vice president.
She was overthrown in a 1976 military coup that ushered in a seven-year dictatorship blamed in official reports for nearly 13,000 deaths and disappearances. Human rights groups put the toll at closer to 30,000 victims in a campaign that became known as the "dirty war."
She went into exile in Spain in 1981 after she was released by the coup leaders who had jailed her.
Many human rights activists say the dirty war began under Peron, who in October 1975 issued decrees calling on the armed forces to "annihilate" the operations of those deemed "subversive elements."
Testifying as a witness in a 1997 Spanish case, Peron said she recalled approving the decrees but did not remember details and was unaware of any abuses during her presidency.
The Triple A is blamed for at least 1,500 killings between 1974 and 1976, when leftists, students, intellectuals, unionists and others were targeted for death.
The cases against Peron are the first in which Argentine courts have focused on human rights crimes before the dictatorship.


Updated : 2021-05-13 03:07 GMT+08:00