Life Sentence for Argentine's Ex-Army Chief
Former commander of the regional Third Army Corps in Cordoba, Luciano Benjamin Menendez, was given a life sentence for committing 'dirty crimes' during the military dictatorship of Argentina.
A court in Argentina sentenced a notorious former military leader to life in prison for atrocities committed in 1977 at a clandestine torture center used by the military dictatorship where only 17 of more than 2,200 political prisoners survived.
Menendez is responsible for the kidnapping, torture and murder of four activists who protested against the military rule of Argentina (1976 - 1986).
Menendez's verdict is seen as a form of accountability. According to human rights groups, over 30,000 people were killed during the dictatorship rule of Argentina.
In 2005 the Supreme Court remove the amnesty laws which were established during the 1980s to protect the rights of military officials, should they be prosecuted.