Buenos Aires court sentenced Sandoval to 15 years in prison
An Argentine court has convicted former police officer Mario Sandoval, who investigators say was involved in kidnapping, torture and possibly murder during the so-called Dirty War.
Despite multiple suspicions, only one episode was proven: the illegal imprisonment and torture of the 24-year-old student Hernán Abriat, who disappeared in 1976.
For this crime, a court in Buenos Aires sentenced Sandoval to 15 years in prison.
The Dirty War in Argentina refers to the period from 1976 to 1983, when the country was ruled by a junta headed by Horzhe Vindela and Reinaldo Bignone. During these years, State terrorism reigned in the country: they kidnapped people, put them in prisons without trial or investigation, tortured them, many killed them. According to historians, during the reign of the junta, at least 10 thousand people were killed, and more than 30 thousand disappeared without a trace.
The survivors affirm that Sandoval was one of the cruelest torturers and executioners.
Mario Sandoval himself, after the fall of the junta, settled in France, where he taught at the Institute of Higher Studies in Latin America in Paris, and also worked as a security consultant and taught at the Sorbonne.
In 2019, the former police officer was accidentally identified and, at the request of the Argentine authorities, he was deported to his homeland. Since then he has been detained at the Campo de Mayo military base.