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Argentina army chief investigated in disappearance

December 24, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The head of Argentina’s army is being investigated over his alleged role in the forced disappearance of a soldier during the country’s 1976-1983 dictatorship.

Lt. General Cesar Milani is accused of signing false documents and participating in a cover-up in the 1976 disappearance of Alberto Agapito Ledo.

La Nacion newspaper said Thursday that federal prosecutor Carlos Brito has requested that Milani be questioned before a local court. Brito claims Milani falsely declared Ledo as a defector in signed documents without questioning his whereabouts.

Milani’s defense attorneys say the prosecutor’s arguments are without merit.

Milani was named head of Argentina’s army in December 2013 amid criticism by human rights groups over his alleged role in dictatorship-era abuses.

Human rights groups say about 30,000 people died or disappeared during Argentina’s brutal dictatorship.

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