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The priest received a life sentence for war crimes

October 10 2007

Catholic priest, Christian von Verne was sentenced Tuesday in Argentina to life imprisonment on charges of committing crimes during the military dictatorship in the country. A former Argentine police chaplain convicted of killing seven people, many torture and kidnapping, according to RIA Novosti.

The trial of the case drew public attention to the involvement of churches in the fight against political opponents since the military dictatorship in Argentina in 1976-1983, respectively. In those years in the country have been killed and missing according to various estimates ranging from 11 to 30 thousand people - mostly supporters of leftist parties and movements, as well as ordinary Argentines. At the courthouse held a mass demonstration of representatives of human rights organizations of relatives of disappeared and killed during the dictatorship, which gleefully greeted the court decision.

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