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Spain court rules against extraditing Peron to face Argentina 'Dirty War' charges

[JURIST] Spain's National Court on Monday ruled that former Argentinean President Isabel Peron [BBC profile] would not be extradited to face charges in Argentina related to her alleged role in "Dirty War" disappearances before she left office in 1976. The court found that the charges against Peron did not amount to crimes against humanity and that therefore the statute of limitations had expired. In January 2007, Argentinean judges issued two separate warrants for Peron, and in February 2007 Argentina made a formal request that Spain extradite Peron [JURIST reports]. The Canadian Press has more. El Mundo has local coverage, in Spanish.

After a 2005 Supreme Court ruling that struck down amnesty laws adopted in the 1980s, the Argentinean government has reopened hundreds of human rights cases, including one against former president Reynaldo Bignone [JURIST report] for his alleged role in disappearances and human rights abuses during Argentina's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive].

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