Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Wednesday, November 3, 1999 Published at 04:12 GMT


World: Europe

Former Argentine rulers face extradition fight

Former president Leopoldo Galtieri is accused of human rights abuses

The Spanish judge pursuing the extradition of the former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, has issued international arrest warrants for several former military rulers of Argentina.

Former presidents Leopoldo Galtieri and Jorge Videla, and the former navy commander Emilio Massera, are on a list of 98 Argentine citizens indicted by Judge Baltazar Garzon on charges of genocide, torture and terrorism.


[ image: The Spanish judge instigated extradition charges against General Pinochet]
The Spanish judge instigated extradition charges against General Pinochet
Judge Garzon has been investigating the fate of Spanish citizens who died or disappeared during military rule in Argentina between 1976 and 1983.

Correspondents say any attempt by the judge to extradite the former military leaders from Argentina could create the same kind of diplomatic controversy provoked off by his pursuit of General Pinochet.

Outgoing Argentine President Carlos Menem has long refused to co-operate with Judge Garzon's investigation into the deaths or disappearance of several hundred Spaniards during the military's "dirty war".

New president

But it is not clear how the President-elect, Fernando de La Rua, would react to any new extradition request.


[ image: Pinochet is fighting extradition to Spain]
Pinochet is fighting extradition to Spain
The charges stem from Mr Garzon's three-year-old probe of the Argentine military's campaign of terror against suspected leftists.

Official investigations found that more than 9,000 opponents of the military regimes were killed or disappeared, although some human rights groups say the figure could be as many as 30,000.

Thousands also fled the country, many settling in Spain where they have been working to bring those responsible for the alleged crimes to justice.

Argentina, unlike other South American countries, put its former military leaders on trial after democracy was restored in 1983.

Although they were given life sentences, President Menem later issued pardons and released them.

But a loophole in the amnesty law has allowed lawsuits to be filed against officers accused of involvement in the kidnapping of babies born to women held by security forces during the "dirty war".





Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©




Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia



Relevant Stories

25 Oct 99 | Americas
Same policies, new style

22 Oct 99 | World
Pinochet lodges appeal

24 Apr 99 | Americas
Army chief probed over babies scandal

12 Feb 99 | From Our Own Correspondent
Argentina's missing babies

19 Jan 99 | Americas
Dealing with dictators

19 Aug 98 | Top features
The Living Disappeared





Internet Links


Argentina's Presidency

Human Rights Watch


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Violence greets Clinton visit

Russian forces pound Grozny

EU fraud: a billion dollar bill

Next steps for peace

Cardinal may face loan-shark charges

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

Trans-Turkish pipeline deal signed

French party seeks new leader

Jube tube debut

Athens riots for Clinton visit

UN envoy discusses Chechnya in Moscow

Solana new Western European Union chief

Moldova's PM-designate withdraws

Chechen government welcomes summit

In pictures: Clinton's violent welcome

Georgia protests over Russian 'attack'

UN chief: No Chechen 'catastrophe'

New arms control treaty for Europe

From Business
Mannesmann fights back

EU fraud -- a billion-dollar bill

New moves in Spain's terror scandal

EU allows labelling of British beef

UN seeks more security in Chechnya

Athens riots for Clinton visit

Russia's media war over Chechnya

Homeless suffer as quake toll rises

Analysis: East-West relations must shift