Sunday, 22 January 2017

Italy Sentences Two Former South American Leaders to Life in Prison for Operation Condor Murders


A Rome court on Tuesday handed down eight life sentences for the murder of 23 Italian citizens in a conspiracy, known as Operation Condor, in which South American dictatorships hunted down and killed thousands of dissidents in the 1970s and 1980s.

It is the first time an Italian court has ruled a conspiracy existed between the governments of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to help find and assassinate each others' political opponents.

After a trial that lasted more than two years, lead judge Evelina Canale said eight men were convicted in absentia, including former Bolivian President Luis Garcia, now 87 and serving a 30-year prison sentence in Bolivia for crimes committed during his government, and former Peruvian President Francisco Morales, now 95.

"It's clear that this conviction confirms that Operation Condor existed and that it was a criminal conspiracy," Prosecutor Tiziana Cugini told Reuters after the ruling.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Italy_sentences_two_former_South_American_leaders_to_life_in_prison_for_Operation_Condor_murders/56367/0/38/38/Y/M.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 22nd, 2017.]

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