Argentine ex-officers given prison

AFP-JIJI

Seven retired military officers were sentenced to life in prison for rights abuses committed during Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship, officials said Saturday.

The seven were found guilty of kidnapping, torture and homicide in the case of 69 people who were held at navy bases in Mar del Plata. The case was brought by relatives of victims and rights groups. Sixteen people were originally indicted, but two died before the trial could end and a third was absolved for health reasons, said an office attached to Argentina’s Supreme Court.