A trial has begun in an Argentine court against nine former police and military officers accused of crimes against humanity during the dictatorship 1976-1983, including 99 forced disappearances of activists who were tortured and killed.
Miguel Osvaldo Etchecolatz, Jose Felix Madrid, Angel Salerno, Guillermo Horacio Ornstein, Carlos Alberto Tarantino, Federico Antonio Minicucci, Nildo Jesus Delgado, Alberto Faustino Bulacio and Daniel Francisco Mancuso are the accused.
Most of the victims were allegedly buried in an illegal mass grave in the capital Buenos Aires.
The crimes took place between July 1976 and October 1978 in the police station of Monte Grande, about 28 kilometers away from the city; and between November 1974 and February 1977 in the former 4th police division of La Matanza, in Buenos Aires province.
Etchecolatz, the former chief of investigations of the police unit in Buenos Aires between March 1976 and December 1977 has already been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity.
He is also known for leading the operation that resulted in the Night of the Pencils, when officers raided the homes of a dozen leftist students, then kidnapped, tortured and killed them in September 1976.