Argentine politician and human rights criminal, Reynaldo Bignone, Died at 90

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Reynaldo Benito Antonio Bignone was born on January 21, 1928 and died on March 7, 2018.

He was an Argentine general who served as 41st President of Argentina from July 1, 1982, to December 10, 1983.

During 2010, Reynaldo Bignone was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the kidnappings, torture, and murders of persons suspected of opposing the government in the Dirty War.

Working with Omar Graffigna and Santiago Omar Riveros, he was one of the last three surviving members of the military dictatorship Juntas.

Bignone was sentenced on 20 April 2010to 25 years in prison for his involvement in the kidnapping, torture and murder of 56 people, including guerrilla fighters, at the extermination center operating in the Campo de Mayo military complex.

He was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, on April 14, 2011.

Bignone received an additional 15-year prison sentence on December 29, 2011, for crimes against humanity for setting up a secret torture center inside a hospital during the 1976 military coup.

Bignone was sentenced to 15 years in prison on July 5, 2012, for his part in a scheme to steal babies from parents detained by the military regime and place them with friends of the regime.

Recorded by the courts, he was an accomplice “in the crimes of theft, retention and hiding of minors, as well as replacing their identities.”

He was convicted for his role in Operation Condor, on May 27, 2016, which included the murders of 105 people, among them 45 Uruguayans, 22 Chileans, 13 Paraguayans and 11 Bolivians living in exile.

Bignone was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

On 8 January 1953, he married Nilda Raquel Belén (20 July 1928 – 13 March 2013).

Bignone had recently been admitted to the military hospital with a hip fracture.

He died of heart failure in Buenos Aires on the morning of 7 March 2018.