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Peru Denies Argentine Request to Extradite Former Military Ruler

March 29, 2012

Peru’s Supreme Court denied a request by an Argentine court to extradite a former Peruvian military leader in connection with the kidnapping and torture of opponents to his regime.

General Francisco Morales Bermudez, who ruled Peru from 1975 to 1980, is accused of being involved in the kidnapping and torture of 13 Peruvians who were deported to Argentina in May 1978, the Supreme Court said in an e-mailed statement.

The court rejected the extradition request as Peruvian legislation at the time didn’t cover torture or conspiracy to commit a crime, it said. There is nothing stopping the relevant Peruvian authorities from investigating the charges of kidnapping, the court said.

Morales Bermudez, who ended a 12-year military regime by calling elections, has denied any involvement in the crackdown.

To contact the reporter on this story: John Quigley in Lima at jquigley8@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net.


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