Members of the human rights organization Madres de Plaza de Mayo wait to hear the sentence to be handed down by the court in the trial on Operation Condor, in which six South American dictatorships collaborated to torture and kill their opponents, in Buenos Aires on May 27, 2016.
South American ex-military leaders faced judgment Friday for their alleged role in the torture and assassination of leftist dissidents during a US-backed crackdown by the region's dictatorships during the 1970s and 1980s. Argentine judges were considering their verdict in the trial of 18 former army officers accused of taking part in 'Operation Condor.' In that scheme, the military regimes of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay helped each other track down and kill leftist dissidents. On Friday, the court convened to deliver its verdict after a three-year trial -- the first to try the crimes committed under the Condor plan / AFP / JUAN Show more