Wanted ex-Argentine president in intensive care

14th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 February 2007, MADRID - Former Argentine president Isabel Peron, whose extradition on human rights-abuse charges is sought by Buenos Aires, was in the intensive care unit of a Madrid hospital on Wednesday.

14 February 2007

MADRID - Former Argentine president Isabel Peron, whose extradition on human rights-abuse charges is sought by Buenos Aires, was in the intensive care unit of a Madrid hospital on Wednesday.

She was said to be suffering from complications following hip replacement surgery, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.

It said the 75-year-old widow of the late Argentine strongman Juan Domingo Peron was admitted on 9 February to La Zarzuela hospital to treat a hip broken in a fall at her suburban Madrid home.

She had replacement surgery, but experienced respiratory problems afterwards, prompting doctors to move her to intensive care.

The hospital declined to comment.

Argentina wants to try the former president in two cases of human rights abuse and has submitted to Madrid two requests for her extradition.

The widow and successor of three-time President Juan Domingo Peron was briefly detained in Madrid last month on a warrant from Argentine judge Raul Acosta for her alleged role in the 1976 abduction and killing of a dissident by security forces.

She was released pending the outcome of what could be a months-long extradition process.

A second warrant for the ex-head-of-state came from Argentine federal Judge Norberto Oyarbide, who is investigating the activities of the Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance, or "Triple A," an officially sponsored rightist death squad blamed for more than 1,500 deaths in the mid-1970s.

Then-vice president Isabel Peron acceded to the presidency upon her husband's death in 1974 and governed until overthrown in a coup in March 1976.

Maria Estela Martinez was a cabaret dancer who met Juan Peron in Panama in 1955 during the deposed president's exile.

She never gained the popular adoration enjoyed by Peron's second wife, the famed Evita, who died of cancer in 1952 during a previous Peron administration.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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