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Argentine General Quits Under Pressure

September 03, 1986|From Reuters

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine army Gen. Jorge Eduardo Gorleri, who criticized the use of civilian courts to try officers accused of human rights abuses, retired Tuesday, the Defense Ministry reported.

President Raul Alfonsin had demanded the retirement, Defense Ministry sources said.

Gorleri, commander of the 2nd Army Corps, on Friday objected to a government decision to move the cases, arising from the "dirty war" against subversion in the 1970s, from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to the civilian courts.

He said that he would refuse to submit any of his officers to the civilian courts.

Gorleri is to be replaced by Gen. Ernesto Alais, a communique said.

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