Argentina ex-president Isabel Peron arrested in Spain on order of Argentine judge

[JURIST] Spanish police arrested former Argentine President Isabel Peron [Wikipedia profile] on Friday for her alleged involvement in the disappearance of political opponent Hector Aldo Fagetti Gallego in 1976. Argentine Federal Judge Raul Acosta issued the order for her arrest on Thursday. An anonymous source within the judge's chambers told AP that Peron, who has lived in Spain in exile since 1981, is also wanted for questioning related to decrees she issued ordering police to eliminate "subversive elements."

In November, Argentine officials announced that the investigation into abuses committed during Argentina's "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] from 1976-83 would be expanded to include the tenure of Peron [JURIST report], who succeeded her husband Juan Peron when he died in office in 1974. After the announcement a lawyer for Isabel Peron told a local television station that accusations shouldn't be made against her 30 years after she left office. Peron was ousted from office in a bloodless coup in March 1976 and held under house arrest for five years before being exiled to Spain. AP has more. BBC News has additional coverage.

 

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