Spain arrests Argentine ex-police chief on torture warrant

25th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spanish officers have arrested a 72-year-old Argentinian accused of torture in his home country from his time as a police chief under the military in the 1970s

Madrid - Spanish officers have arrested a 72-year-old Argentinian accused of torture in his home country from his time as a police chief under the military in the 1970s, police said Friday.

Jorge Alberto Soza, who was arrested in the eastern city of Valencia, is wanted in Argentina on 18 charges of having carried out illegal arrests and acts of torture between 1975 and 1977.

The period in question covers the final year of Isabel Peron's presidency and the first years of the military junta, which seized power in 1976.

Alberto Soza's alleged victims had been accused of belonging to local terrorist cells, said the police statement.

He moved to Spain with his family in 1992 acquiring joint citizenship there, it added.

The Argentine military regime conducted a brutal seven-year campaign against what it called dissidents and subversives, in what became known as "the Dirty War".

AFP / Expatica

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