France Extradites Alleged Torturer to Argentina

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Bruce Zagaris

On December 15, 2019, France extradited a former Argentinian police officer, who worked for many years as an academic at the Sorbonne, to Argentina to answer changes of his participation in the disappearance of a student who went missing during the “dirty war” in the late 1970s.[1] Argentine prosecutors accuse Mario Sandoval, 66, of participating in the death of an architecture student, Hernán Abriata, who disappeared in 1976 at the infamous navy mechanics school (Esma), in Buenos Aires, a notorious secret detention center where an estimated 5,000 people were held and tortured after the military coup of 1976.[2]