Former Argentine Junta Members Sentenced for Theft of Babies from Political Prisoners
3 top figures from Argentina’s former ruling junta have been sentenced to additional time behind bars for the deliberate theft of babies from political prisoners. Former dictators Jorge Rafael Videla and Reynaldo Bignone, as well as former navy officer Jorge Acosta, were found guilty of a systematic plan to take the babies of dissidents and adopt them into military families.
All three are already serving jail sentences for other abuses under their regimes. Estela de Carlotto of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo praised the sentences.
Estela de Carlotto: *”This is justice. It has arrived. Remember that we started in 1996, and at that moment we didn’t know whether or not we would ever arrive at this moment and see it in our lifetime. And I think it’s healing for all society to know that they are being judged, condemned, and they will continue to be judged and condemned until the last crime that can be attributed to them.”*
It is believed the Argentine military dictatorship killed at least 30,000 Argentines during its rule from 1976 to 1983.