Jorge Rafael Videla
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|Jorge Rafael Videla|
|President of Argentina
29 March 1976 – 29 March 1981
|Preceded by||Isabel Perón|
|Succeeded by||Roberto Viola|
|Born||Jorge Rafael Videla
2 August 1925
Mercedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Died||17 May 2013
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Spouse(s)||Alicia Raquel Hartridge (m. 1948–2013)|
|Alma mater||Colegio Militar de la Nación|
|Years of service||1944–1981|
Early life[change | change source]
Presidency[change | change source]
Videla came to power in a coup d'état that deposed Isabel Martínez de Perón. After the return of a representative democratic government in 1983, he was prosecuted for large-scale human rights abuses and crimes against humanity that took place under his rule. These included:
- "Disappearances" (where people would disappear and never come back; these people were murdered and their bodies were never found)
- Torturing and murdering many people without a trial at secret concentration camps. These people included activists; people who Videla thought might take power from him; and their families
- Stealing many babies who were born while their mothers were imprisoned in concentration camps
Personal life[change | change source]
Videla remained married to his wife Alicia until his death in 2013. They had seven children.
Arrest[change | change source]
He was under house arrest until 10 October 2008, when he was sent to a military prison. On 22 December 2010, Videla was sentenced to life in a non-military prison for the deaths of 31 prisoners after his coup d'état. On 5 July 2012, Videla was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the systematic kidnapping of children during his tenure.
Death[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Argentina ex-military leader Jorge Rafael Videla dies". BBC News. 17 May 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22570888. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
Other websites[change | change source]
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- Ex-Argentine Dictator Sentenced to Life in Prison – video report by Democracy Now!
- Former Dictator of Argentina Found Guilty Of Crimes Against Humanity