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Colombian Police Arrest Man Suspected of Rights Violations in Argentina

BOGOTA – An Argentine citizen who allegedly committed human rights violations in Argentina during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship was arrested by the National Police in Medellin, the capital of the northwestern Colombian province of Antioquia, officials said.

Juan Carlos Francisco Bossi is the subject of an extradition request filed by Argentina, National Police Col. Juan Gomez said.

The 67-year-old Francisco Bossi was arrested on Saturday at a house in Medellin, where he showed officers a fake Colombian national identity card, Gomez said.

Francisco Bossi was a member of the Argentine army’s PCI intelligence service from 1976 to 1979 in Santa Fe province, Argentine media reported.

Argentina is offering a reward of $32,000 for information leading to Francisco Bossi’s arrest.

The Argentine citizen, according to immigration records, fled to Spain in 1983.

He arrived in Colombia in 2010 and kept a low profile.

Some 18,000 people disappeared in Argentina during the military regime, according to official figures, although human rights organizations put the figure at 30,000.

The bodies of many of the military regime’s victims were disposed of by the state’s agents in ways that precluded their future discovery, including being dumped from air force planes into the Atlantic.

Thousands of other people were tortured and arbitrarily imprisoned.

Argentina has repealed laws that had once shielded military personnel accused of human rights abuses during the dictatorship.

Prosecutors have re-opened cases related to state terrorism since the laws were overturned.

 

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