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Saturday, July 26, 2003

:: Spain requests extradition of 45 Argentinians ::
A Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzon, has called for the extradition of 45 Argentinians, wanted in connection to crimes commited against Spaniards during the military's rule from 1976-1983.

During this period a "dirty war" was conducted against opponents which is thought to have resulted in 9,000 to 30,000 people "disappearing".

For the past 20 years civilian governments in Argentina have been extremely wary of upsetting the military, and many high ranking officials were granted amnesties that have so far prevented their prosecution.

It will therefore be of interest whether the political will now exists to permit these extraditions to go ahead...