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Monday, July 02, 2012

Former Argentina dictator went on trial for 'Dirty War' rights violations
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On July 2, 2010, an Argentine court began the trial of former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, who faced charges of human rights violations for his role in what's been known as the "Dirty War." Videla had been pardoned after a conviction in 1985 for charges of torture and murder, but a federal judge ruled the pardon unconstitutional. Videla had been in prison since 2008 and was charged in May 2011 with murder, kidnapping and torture after 40 bodies were identified in Buenos Aires the year before.

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