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Legal snags hit Argentine purge

Attempts to prosecute members of Argentina’s former military junta have got mired in legal confusion, with courts issuing seemingly contradictory orders relating to long-standing amnesty laws. In one decision, a judge in Buenos Aires ordered the release of 40 former officials who had been detained on a Spanish international arrest warrant. The ruling came after Spain – which had been trying to prosecute them for human rights abuses against Spanish nationals – on Friday decided to drop its extradition request. But another court reopened investigations into alleged offences by nearly 80 members of the junta that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983. Full Story

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