An Italian court has given life sentences to eight South American former political and military leaders over the disappearance of 23 Italian nationals during the 70s and 80s. Those sentenced include ex-presidents of Bolivia and Peru, and a former foreign minister from Uruguay.
All had cooperated in Operation Condor, run by military governments at the time to fight left-wing dissidents. Another 19 men were absolved in the trial, that lasted two years. Several of those sentenced are already serving jail time at home and none appeared in court.
They include former Bolivian President Luis Garcia Meza Tejada who is now 87 and serving a 30-year prison sentence in La Paz, as well as former Peruvian President, Francisco Morales Bermudez, who is now 95. Mr Garcia Meza’s lawyer has said he will appeal.(BBC,2017)