Argentina Dirty War: Torture and Baby Theft Trial Under Way


Eighteen people have gone on trial in Argentina on charges ranging from abduction to crimes against humanity. The prosecution says they were responsible for torture, baby thefts, and killings carried out in three detention centers under military rule between 1976 and 1983.

The court, which is in the city of La Plata, will examine the alleged crimes committed against hundreds of people held in the detention centers of Pozo de Banfield and Pozo de Quilmes. Additionally, it will examine crimes committed against those held in the detention center of Brigada Lanús, which is also known as El Infierno or Hell. The prosecution has described the detention centers as “central nuclei of state terrorism.” There is expected to be over 400 witnesses and the trial is estimated to take at least two years.  

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