- NAME: Jorge Rafaél Videla
- OCCUPATION: Murderer, General, Dictator
- BIRTH DATE: August 02, 1925
- DEATH DATE: May 17, 2013
- Did You Know?: Of the approximately 400 babies who were kidnapped after being born in detention while Videla was in power, more than 100 have been located and reunited with their biological families.
- EDUCATION: National Military College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Mercedes, Argentina
- PLACE OF DEATH: Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Full Name: Jorge Rafaél Videla
- AKA: Jorge Videla
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General Jorge Rafaél Videla's government was responsible for a campaign of suppression and human rights abuses that became known as Argentina's "dirty war."
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Democracy returned to the country in 1983; Videla was arrested soon afterward, along with his cohorts. In 1985, he was sentenced to life in prison for human rights abuses that included kidnapping, torture and murder.
Videla's imprisonment lasted only until 1990, when President Carlos Menem pardoned him. However, in 1998, Videla was arrested for crimes that included the kidnapping of babies who had been born in detention. Then, in 2007,
the pardon Videla had received was overturned. He went on trial once more in 2010 and received another life sentence. In 2012, he was sentenced to 50 years for kidnapping.
Although Videla took responsibility for the atrocities that occurred while he was in power, he always maintained that his actions had been necessary. Remorseless, he died in the Marcos Paz prison in Buenos Aires on May 17, 2013. He was 87 years old. Even with his death, the repercussions of Videla's horrific actions continue to affect Argentina.
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