50-year sentence for former Argentine dictator
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Former dictator Jorge Videla was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in prison after his conviction in the Argentine military regime's systematic theft of children from their families.
Videla, 86, who led the regime from the 1976 takeover until 1981, is already serving a life sentence for other crimes committed under the dictatorship, which remained in power until 1983.
Reynaldo Bignone, who headed the junta from 1982-83, was sentenced to 15 years in jail on the same charge. Three other former military officers were sentence to prison terms of up to 40 years.
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