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Argentina investigating 'Dirty War' rights allegations against Peron

[JURIST] The investigation into abuses committed during Argentina's Dirty War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] has been expanded to include the tenure of former President Isabel Peron [Wikipedia profile], a government minister said Thursday. Peron, the wife of late President Juan Peron [Wikipedia profile], took office in 1974 but was ousted in a 1976 coup. During her tenure, leftist guerrillas and death squads committed killings and kidnappings that led to the subsequent "Dirty War" waged by the new military government. The new investigation is focused on the actions of Peron's security forces prior to the military regime.

Police officials said they have been tasked with determining the location of Peron, who has been in exile in Spain since 1981, and her former cabinet members. A lawyer for Peron told a local television station in Argentina [JURIST news archive] that accusations shouldn't be made against Peron 30 years after she left office. AP has more. The Buenos Aires Herald has local coverage.

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