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Chile: judge notified of extradition to Argentina

August 23, 2013

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — An Argentine judge who fled his home country to avoid trial on charges of crimes against humanity is being informed in Chile that he will be extradited.

Former judge Otilio Romano was escorted by police out of court Friday after a magistrate of the Chilean Supreme Court notified him of his imminent extradition. Romano will remain under house arrest.

Chile’s Supreme Court on Wednesday approved the extradition of Romano to Argentina where he is accused of committing nearly 100 human rights crimes while working as a prosecutor during the country’s 1976-83 military dictatorship. The decision is unanimous and cannot be appealed.

Romano fled to Chile in August 2011. Chile refused to grant him political asylum last year and he was put under night house arrest pending the extradition process.