Argentine ‘Dirty War’ Murderer Gets Life
Posted on Jul 25, 2008
Former Argentine army officer and current scumbag Luciano Benjamin Menendez finally got what should have happened to him 30 years ago: a life sentence in jail for the kidnap, torture and murder of anti-dictatorship activists in 1977.
The decision comes after more than 30 years of continuing protest by human rights groups over the impunity given to torturers in Argentina.
An Argentine ex-army officer has been sentenced to life in prison for the 1977 kidnapping, torture and murder of four leftwing activists.
Luciano Benjamin Menendez, 80, was found guilty along with seven others of crimes committed during the military dictatorship’s “Dirty War” on its opposition.
The victims were dumped in the street to make it look like they died in a shoot-out, the prosecution said.
Hundreds more watched on a giant screen outside the courthouse as Menendez, one of Argentina’s most feared army officers during military rule between 1976 and 1983, sat impassively as he heard his fate.
Luciano Menendez, armed with a knife, is restrained as he lunges at a group of unarmed protesters outside a television station in Argentina in 1984.