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Spain agrees to extradite ex-police officer sought by Argentina in Dirty War case

Spain agrees to extradite ex-police officer sought by Argentina in Dirty War case

Spain's government has agreed to extradite a former police officer to Argentina, where he is suspected of having been a member of a far-right death squad during the 1970s, the Justice Ministry said Friday.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Cabinet agreed at a meeting Friday to extradite Rodolfo Eduardo Almiron Sena to face charges that include genocide, the statement said.
Argentine judicial authorities issued an international arrest warrant for Almiron on Dec. 20 for his alleged role in two killings.
The statement said that between 1973 and 1975 Almiron took part in illegal activities within the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance, known as the Triple A, a far-right death squad that operated under the government of Gen. Juan Domingo Peron and then under that of his wife, Isabel Peron, who was toppled by Jorge Videla in a 1976 coup.
The Triple A group targeted more than 500 people during the 1970s, including suspected members of the leftist Montoneros guerrilla group and their sympathizers.
Hundreds of kidnappings and killings of leftists, intellectuals, union activists and others are blamed on the squad. The group's activities are considered the earliest origins of a state crackdown on dissent that became known as the Dirty War.
Almiron, 71, was arrested in the eastern city of Torrent near Valencia and taken to Madrid's National Court where he faced extradition proceedings.
Argentine federal judge Norberto Oyarbide also issued an arrest order in January for Peron's wife, who is wanted in the same case and is also living in Spain. She has since been questioned and released pending a decision on the extradition request.
The third wife of three-time President Peron ruled Argentina after the strongman's death for 20 chaotic months until the March 1976 coup.
The overthrow of Isabel Peron ushered in a seven-year dictatorship that waged a violent campaign against dissent.
Official reports say nearly 13,000 people were killed or disappeared, while human rights groups put the toll at closer to 30,000.


Updated : 2021-10-25 13:18 GMT+08:00