Pinochet judge issues warrants against Argentine junta members
Madrid, Nov 2 --(EFE)-- Crusading Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon
issued arrest warants against two former Argentine presidents and 96 other senior
military and civilian officials under the juntas that ruled Argentina between 1976
Former presidents Jorge Videla and Leopoldo Galtieri and former
Commander in Chief Emilio Massera top the list of 98 Argentine citizens Garzon
wants to put on trial in Spain on charges of genocide, torture and terrorism.
Garzon's bid to indict former Chilean strongman Augusto Pinochet
Spanish law that allows for alleged human rights violations to be tried in Spain
regardless of when or where they took place, was upheld by his colleagues on
Spain's High Court.
As a result, Pinochet has been held in police custody for over
a year in London
while his appeal against the Spanish government's extradition request makes its
way through the British courts.
Relatives of some of the 30,000 people believed to have been murdered
``dirty war'' waged by the Argentine military to purge the country of leftist
sympathizers first asked Garzon to hear their case in 1996.