Former Policeman Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Abduction and Torture of Left-Wing Student in 1976

1: mario sandoval, a former policeman from argentina, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for abducting and torturing left-wing student hernán abriata in 1976. sandoval fled argentina after the end of military rule and settled in france, where he became a university lecturer. he was extradited to argentina in 2019.
paragraph 2: the abduction and torture of hernán abriata happened during argentina’s military rule from 1976 to 1983. he was taken to the navy higher school of mechanics (esma), argentina’s biggest clandestine detention centre. it is estimated that more than 5,000 men and women who opposed the military junta were taken to esma.
paragraph 3: sandoval has been accused of participating in the disappearance and torture of hundreds of left-wing activists. survivors say he was one of the most notorious torturers to have worked at esma. detainees were interrogated and tortured, many of them were later drugged and thrown from planes into the sea. it is still not known what exactly happened to abriata after he was held captive. esma is now a museum and memorial.

By Evey Lovelace

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