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Ex-Officer Surrenders in 1970s Kidnapping Cases

July 02, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A former navy captain who was allegedly one of Argentina's most notorious torturers during the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship turned himself in to police today.

Alfredo Astiz was ordered detained by an Argentine judge at the request of an Italian court that linked Astiz to the 1976 kidnapping of Angela Maria Aieta and the 1977 kidnapping of Giovani Pegoraro and his pregnant daughter, Susana Pegoraro.

There is evidence that Susana Pegoraro gave birth to a daughter, who is living in Mar del Plata, the Clarin and La Nacion newspapers said.

During Argentina's dictatorship, pregnant women detained by the military were often killed after giving birth and their babies stolen to be raised by military families.

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