Former Argentinian dictator sentenced to 50 years for baby-stealing


Former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla was sentenced to 50 years in an Argentine prison yesterday. He was convicted for a his role in a government program which oversaw the kidnapping of babies from political prisoners during the military junta’s “dirty war.” Argentina’s last dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, also was also convicted and got 15 years. Both men are already serving life sentences for other crimes against humanity.

Over 34 babies were stolen between 1976-1983, taken away from their parents, leftist dissidents who were systematically tortured, raped and murdered by the Videla regime. The children were then raised by government officials.

Videla, 86, received the maximum sentence as the man criminally responsible for 20 of the baby thefts. Seven other government officials were convicted and two were absolved. A former military captain and his ex-wife were also sentenced after their adopted son, who was among the babies kidnapped by the Videla regime, testified against them.

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Former Argentinian dictator sentenced to 50 years for baby-stealing

  1. Trafficking of white babies happened on a massive scale in Canada from the fifties to the seventies and still happens on a lesser scale today. Demands for a Federal Inquiry have been ignored and victims who want justice are joining the Forced Adoption class-action lawsuit.

  2. Before Milton Friedman’s failed free-market reforms came to the West through Reagan and Thatcher in the 1980s, they got their start in South America via US-backed fascist dictatorships.

    Free-market economic *historian* Niall Ferguson (somehow a key right-wing voice these days) claims that the torture, death squads and terror were worth it in his “Ascent of Money” series.

    These types try to claim Chile is an economic “miracle” (although the Chileans themselves, who suffer from one of the highest inequality rates in the world, would beg to differ.)

    But the fact is South Korea had less than half the GDP per capita than Chile in 1973 (when General Pinochet began the fascist free-market reforms.) Today South Korea has twice the GDP per capita than Chile and its government played a strong role in its economic development.

  3. A movie was made on this very subject many years ago. If anyone remembers it I’d appreciate being given the title as my memory about certain things isn’t what it used to be.

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