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Kissinger's extradition to Uruguay sought over Operation Condor

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070325/ts_alt_afp/uruguayusjusticerightscondor Kissinger s extradition to Uruguay sought over Operation Condor Sun Mar 25, 3:00
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 25, 2007

      Kissinger's extradition to Uruguay sought over
      Operation Condor

      Sun Mar 25, 3:00 AM ET

      MONTEVIDEO (AFP) - An attorney for a victim of
      Uruguay's 1973-1985 dictatorship has asked his
      government to request the extradition of former US
      secretary of state Henry Kissinger over his alleged
      role in the notorious Operation Condor.

      Condor was a secret plan hatched by South American
      dictators in the 1970s to eliminate leftist political
      opponents in the region. Details of the plan have
      emerged over the past years in documents and court

      The Latin American dictatorships of the time "were
      mere executors" of a "plan of extermination" hatched
      in the United States by a group led by Kissinger, said
      attorney Gustavo Salle, who represents the family of
      Bernardo Arnone.

      Uruguayan prosecutor Mirtha Guianze has received the
      request and is studying the case, according to news

      A leftist activist, Arnone was arrested in October
      1976 and flown to Argentina with a group of political
      prisoners that vanished and were presumably executed.

      Kissinger played a dominant role in US foreign policy
      between 1969 and 1977, and was a strong supporter of
      right-wing regimes across Latin America.

      The extradition request comes as the topic of rights
      violations during Uruguay's dictatorship is making
      headlines again, with Salle citing evidence from
      declassified US State Department documents.

      Witnesses are set to testify in April in a case that
      began in September against eight retired regime
      officials over rights violations.
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