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Spanish Police in Mexico for 'Dirty War' Suspect

Spanish police officers have flown to Mexico to collect an Argentine ex-Navy officer who faces charges of genocide and terrorism connected to Argentina’s “dirty war,” during which thousands were killed or vanished. “Two police officers have gone from here,” a police source told Reuters on Saturday, although he was unable to confirm exactly when they would accompany Ricardo Cavallo to Madrid. Cavallo was arrested in Mexico in 2000 and is accused of human rights crimes during Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship by Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon, renowned for his failed attempt to try Chilean former dictator Augusto Pinochet. Cavallo’s extradition has been hailed by human rights groups as a watershed which could pave the way for similar extraditions to third countries of alleged human rights abusers who may enjoy immunity from prosecution in their homeland. Up to 30,000 people were killed or “disappeared” in the Argentine military’s war against leftist guerrillas and their sympathizers. Many were tortured, drugged and thrown from aircraft into the River Plate or the Atlantic Ocean. Full Story

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