Former Argentina Dictator Jorge Videla Gets 50 Years for Stolen ChildrenEl ex dictador argentino Jorge Rafael Videla ha sido condenado a 50 años de prisión

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Ex-Argentine ruler guilty of stealing babies

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Agencies via AlJazeera

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Former military leader Jorge Videla sentenced to 50 years for stealing babies to give to families close to his regime.

Jorge Videla, the former president of Argentina, has been sentenced to 50 years for systematically stealing the babies of prisoners.

Videla has already been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity (Credit:EPA).

Thursday’s verdict finds Videla, 86, guilty of kidnapping hundreds of babies from leftist activists detained and killed between 1976-1983.

“We have presented evidence showing that the kidnappers plotted to steal the children born to women in captivity,”

Estela de Carlotto, president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, told the AFP news agency.

The rights group has fought in court since 1996, demanding restitution for the children stolen while their mothers were held in clandestine detention.

The group says in total some 500 children were kidnapped and then raised as their own by families close to the regime.

The case, which Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo, reporting from Buenos Aires, says shocked Argentine society, also included doctors accused of involvement in the kidnappings.

Bo said that the defence’s request that Videla be allowed to serve his sentence under house arrest, due to his advanced age, was denied.

Videla defended his actions last week, saying in court that the children’s mothers were “terrorists”.

“All those who gave birth, who I respect as mothers, were active militants in the machinery of terrorism. They used their children as human shields,”

said the former general, who has already been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity.

Elliott Abrams, a former assistant secretary for human rights at the US department of state, said in January, that Washington, an ally of the Videla government, was aware of a systematic practice of stealing children.

“We believed there was a plan, because they were arresting or assassinating a lot of people, and we got the impression that the military government had decided that at least some of the children of those people would be given to other families,”

he testified from the Argentine consulate in Washington.

“We knew that certain children had been given away while their parents were in prison or deceased. They took them and gave them away.”

 

Source: Agencies via AlJazeera

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El ex dictador argentino Jorge Rafael Videla ha sido condenado a 50 años de prisión

Otras 10 personas que participaron en su gobierno, entre ellas una mujer, también han sido juzgadas

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El ex dictador argentino Jorge Rafael Videla ha sido condenado a 50 años de prisión por el robo de bebés a embarazadas detenidas durante la dictadura militar (1976-1983).

Jorge Videla (Crédito:EPA).

Jorge ‘el Tigre’ Acosta, quien también ha sido juzgado por este hecho, recibió 30 años de cárcel. Además de Videla, ‘el Tigre’ Acosta y Reynaldo Bignone — que ha recibido 15 años de pena — han sido juzgados desde febrero de 2011 Santiago Omar Riveros, Rubén Oscar Franco, Antonio Vañek, Jorge Magnacco, Juan Antonio Azic, Eduardo Ruffo, Víctor Gallo y Susana Inés Colombo.

Quince años después de que las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo impulsaran esta causa, el Tribunal Oral Federal 6 de Buenos Aires dictó este jueves su sentencia por la

“sustracción, retención, ocultación y sustitución de identidad de menores de diez años”.

Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, que calculan que cerca de 500 niños fueron robados a sus familias biológicas durante el último gobierno de facto en Argentina, ha convocado a activistas por los derechos humanos a reunirse a las puertas del tribunal para escuchar la sentencia.

Una de las víctimas es Macarena, nieta del poeta argentino Juan Gelman, que logró encontrarla en el año 2000 en Uruguay, adonde fue trasladada su madre, María Claudia García, que dio a luz en cautividad y después se perdió su rastro. Además de Macarena Gelman, otras 25 personas de las 34 cuyos casos son objeto de este juicio han recuperado su identidad, según informó la asociación de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo.

“Si la sustracción de un menor tuvo lugar, ello no respondió a una orden ni a una convalidación implícita de cualquier índole encuadrada en un plan sistemático emanado de los mandos superiores de las Fuerzas Armadas en el marco de la lucha antiterrorista”,

declaró la semana pasada Videla.

El ex dictador de 86 años negó así que existiera un plan sistemático para robar bebés como afirman las organizaciones de derechos humanos.

El primero de los cuatro presidentes de la última dictadura, ya condenado a prisión perpetua por delitos de lesa humanidad, manifestó además que

“todas las parturientas eran militantes activas de las maquinarias del terrorismo y muchas de ellas usaron a sus hijos embrionarios como escudos humanos al momento de ser combatientes”.

 

Fuente: RT

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