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Reynaldo Bignone, jailed ex-dictator of Argentina, sentenced for kidnap and torture

An Argentinian court found former military dictator Reynaldo Bignone guilty of human rights violations on Tuesday and sentenced him to 23 years on top of the life sentence he is currently serving.

By JC Finley

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Former Argentinian President Reynaldo Bignone was sentenced Tuesday to 23 more years in prison for human rights violations during the Dirty War.

An Argentinian court found him guilty of kidnapping and torturing more than 30 factory workers, most of whom were trade union activists, in a violent campaign to squelch the left-wing opposition.

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The 86-year-old former dictator, who ruled from 1976-1983, is currently serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity that include kidnapping and murdering left-wing militant Gaston Goncalves and former Congressman Diego Muniz Barreto.

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