Former Argentina President Gen. Reynaldo Bignone died in a military hospital where he was serving a life sentence for crimes the committed for the CIA.
Bignone ruled Argentina and lead the military junta during the last year of the Dirty War against the country’s left wing opposition that killed an estimated 30,000 people between 1976 and 1983.
Although Bignone stepped down as president in 1983 after centrist Raúl Alfonsín was elected, he wasn’t charged with any crimes until 2007. At that time, he was placed under house arrest pending his trial and was convicted of crimes against humanity in 2010.
In 2016, Bignone found himself on trial again for “Operation Condor,” a U.S.-backed program during the military junta’s rule to hunt and kill left-wing opposition members when they fled to other countries.
In addition to kidnapping and torturing left-wing opposition members, including trade unionists, Bignone ordered the babies of opposition members to be kidnapped and given to supporters of the regime.
After Bignone was sentenced to life in prison, he defended his actions by saying he was fighting “a battle against terrorism.” He was sentenced to an additional 20 years for his role in the CIA Operation Condor program.
UPI / AA Magnum Analyst Blog Site 2018.