Argentina judge orders former military chief detained

[JURIST] A federal judge in Argentina [JURIST news archive] has ordered the arrest of a former military leader in the investigation into the death of a student during the country's "Dirty War" [Wikipedia backgrounder] in the late 1970s. The judge on Wednesday ordered Luciano Benjamin Menendez and 15 other former army officers to be detained. Menendez is alleged to be the commander of the army unit that kidnapped, tortured and killed Diego Hunziker in 1976. The investigation comes after the country's supreme court struck down immunity laws [JURIST report] for hundreds of former military leaders. Also Wednesday, another judge ordered the detention of former General Jorge Rearte for his role in military atrocities on the border with Paraguay from 1976 to 1978. AP has more.

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