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Uruguay's ex-ruler Bordaberry jailed for 30 years

Juan Maria Bordaberry (left) seen leaving after a court appearance  in 2005
Mr Bordaberry is currently under house arrest and in poor health

A former president of Uruguay, Juan Maria Bordaberry, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his involvement in a coup in 1973.

He was convicted of the murder of two opposition supporters, whose bodies were found in recent years, and of the disappearance of nine others.

Bordaberry, now 81, was elected in 1971 and dissolved Congress two years later with the backing of the military.

He is currently under house arrest and suffering from ill health.

Bordaberry is the second former Uruguayan ruler to be sentenced in the last three months as the country tackles the legacy of years of dictatorship.

Thousands of people disappeared during Uruguay's repressive military rule which finally ended in 1985.

Some 180 Uruguayans were killed during military rule, many of them in neighbouring Argentina.

Human rights groups say the killings were the result of secret co-operation between the military governments in power at the time in Uruguay and Argentina.

Last October former military ruler Gregorio Alvarez was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murder and human rights violations.



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