Argentine accused of kidnap, torture arrested
9 February 2006 , MADRID — Spanish police have arrested a former Argentinean military official wanted for the alleged kidnap and torture of 161 people during his country's dictatorship.
9 February 2006
MADRID — Spanish police have arrested a former Argentinean military official wanted for the alleged kidnap and torture of 161 people during his country's dictatorship.
Ricardo Taddei, 63, who is wanted in his own country and was a member of the Federal Argentinean police and later military intelligence, is said to have taken part in clandestine kidnappings of people between 1976-79.
He was arrested by the specialised Fugitive Localisation group of the Spanish police who were helped with information from Interpol.
Taddei was accused of guarding, kidnapping, torturing and interrogating suspects.
He has been accused in the Argentinean courts of 161 offences.
Taddei, who reached the rank of 'principal' in the police which is similar to captain in the army or inspector of police, is said to have spent 20 years in Spain on the run.
He worked throughout his career in intelligence, specialising in anti-subversive work and was dedicated to combating extreme Left-wing groups.
In 1979, he retired from the federal police and joined the army as a colonel, working in military intelligence.
In 1985, after his role in the alleged crimes were revealed in various legal cases, he fled Argentina.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news