Burial place of Argentinan dictator Videla sparks anger

During his rule, Videla launched a ferocious crackdown on leftists and suspected supporters. As many as 30,000 people were kidnapped and "disappeared" during the military regime period, which ended in 1983.

Burial place of Argentinan dictator Videla sparks anger

World Bulletin/News Desk

The burial place and funeral arrangements for the late Argentine dictator Jorge Videla remained a mystery Sunday, with official sources maintaining a tight-lipped no comment.

Videla, dictator from 1976 to 1981 at the height of Argentina's "Dirty War" against leftist activists, died Friday in prison while serving time for crimes against humanity. He was 87.

"I have no information," a source in the judicial branch told AFP when asked about final arrangements for Videla's remains.

According to local media, the silence is due to an informal agreement between officials and Videla's relatives.

Videla, a devout Catholic, could be buried in his birth town of Mercedes, some 110 kilometers (70 miles) west of Buenos Aires.

Rules approved in 2009 ban any ex-military leader sentenced for rights abuses from receiving military honors at their funeral.

During his rule, Videla launched a ferocious crackdown on leftists and suspected supporters. As many as 30,000 people were kidnapped and "disappeared" during the military regime period, which ended in 1983.

An unrepentant Videla told a court in his last public appearance on May 14 that his subordinates followed his orders, and assumed "full military responsibility for the actions of the army in the war against terrorism."

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