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'The Hyena', 27 others sentenced to life for human rights abuses at infamous La Perla prison

Menendez showed no remorse during the trial, telling the court there was 'never repression of any kind' at the detention center. (Representative Image) Photograph: (Getty)

AFP Argentina Aug 26, 2016, 02.12 AM (IST)

An Argentine court sentenced 28 people, including 89-year-old former general Luciano Menendez, to life in prison on Thursday for torturing and killing opponents of the country's 1976-1983 military regime at a secret detention center.

Ten other defendants were sentenced to between two and a half and 21 years.

Menendez, who was nicknamed "The Hyena" for laughing during torture sessions at the clandestine prison known as La Perla, was already serving 11 life sentences for human rights abuses committed at the infamous facility in the central province of Cordoba.
 

Some 600 people testified in the landmark case, which opened in 2012.

In the latest trial, he was convicted of 52 homicides, 260 kidnappings, 656 cases of torture and 82 disappearances of detainees who were never found.

He and his co-accused were charged with kidnapping, torturing, killing or stealing the newborn babies of more than 700 victims, 279 of whom are still officially missing.

Menendez showed no remorse during the trial, telling the court there was "never repression of any kind" at the detention center. "These criminals accuse the armed forces and go to the courts saying they're victims," he said.

Some 600 people testified in the landmark case, which opened in 2012.

An estimated 30,000 regime opponents or suspected sympathizers were killed or "disappeared" during the dictatorship.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
 

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