Spanish court authorises extradition of suspected Argentine torturer

14th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Spain's National Court on Friday authorised the extradition of former Argentine naval officer Ricardo Miguel Cavallo to his country to be tried for crimes against humanity during the 1976-83 military dictatorship.

14 March 2008

MADRID - Spain's National Court on Friday authorised the extradition of former Argentine naval officer Ricardo Miguel Cavallo to his country to be tried for crimes against humanity during the 1976-83 military dictatorship.

The court confirmed an authorisation given earlier by the Spanish government.

It had been expected that Cavallo would also be tried in Spain, but the court said that priority needed to be given to the country where the crimes were committed.

Cavallo has been in prison in Spain since being extradited in 2003 by Mexico, where he was detained in 2000 after having been recognised by Argentinean former prisoners.

Cavallo alias "Serpico" is suspected of involvement in the torture and disappearance of more than 200 alleged opponents of Argentina's former military junta, which is blamed for up to 30,000 deaths.

Spanish National Court judge Baltasar Garzon investigated Cavallo for crimes against humanity. The junta's victims included Spanish citizens.

[Copyright dpa 2008]

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