Argentine judge ordered arrest of ex-president


On March 8, 2007, an Argentine federal judge ordered former president Reynaldo Bignone arrested for his alleged role in disappearances and human rights abuses during Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War." Judge Alberto Suarez Araujo ordered Bignone's arrest as part of an investigation into alleged human rights abuses that occurred at secret detention centers in Buenos Aires during the dictatorship. Bignone has denied any involvement in the disappearance of dissidents during the military regime, which are officially estimated to be 13,000, but are alleged by human rights groups to be closer to 30,000.

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