Former Argentine military ruler Jorge Videla has been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity.
A court in the central Argentine city of Cordoba found Gen Videla, 85, guilty of murdering dissidents during the country's period of military rule between 1976 and 1983.
The general has been accused of being the main architect of what became known as Argentina's "Dirty War". > [link to www.bbc.co.uk]
The 31 prisoners he was convicted of killing were pulled from civilian jail cells and "shot while trying to escape" as the military consolidated its power in the months after Videla toppled Isabel Peron.
"Videla ... is a manifestation of state terrorism," judge Maria Elba Martinez said as she handed down the sentence in the central Argentine city of Cordoba. > [link to www.telegraph.co.uk]