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15 jailed for S.American dictatorships' atrocities

A worker being arrested during a protest against the Argentine dictatorship in Buenos Aires on March 30, 1982An Argentine court jailed 15 South American ex-military officers for conspiring to torture and kill leftist dissidents during a US-backed crackdown by the region’s dictatorships in the 1970s and ’80s. The court was the first to try atrocities committed under Operation Condor, a coordinated plan of repression launched at the height of the Cold War by the military regimes of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. It sentenced former Argentine dictator Reynaldo Bignone to 20 years and retired Uruguayan colonel Manuel Cordero — the only non-Argentine national in the dock — to 25 years.

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