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Spain court says no jurisdiction in genocide trial of Argentina ex-naval officer

[JURIST] Spain's High Court ruled Wednesday that it does not have jurisdiction to try former Argentinean naval officer Ricardo Miguel Cavallo [TrialWatch profile] for crimes committed during Argentina's "dirty war" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Cavallo has been in Spanish custody since 2003 and early this year was charged with genocide [JURIST report], organized terrorism and crimes against humanity. The charges carried a total prison sentence of up to 17,000 years.

The court said Wednesday that Argentina could seek to extradite Cavallo back to his home country to face charges. BBC News has more. From Spain, El Mundo has local coverage.

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