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3 Ex-Argentine Officers Detained

April 25, 2000

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Three former military officers have been detained by a judge investigating the disappearance of 30 political prisoners during Argentina’s past military regime, local media reported Tuesday.

The judge ordered the detentions of former Lieut. Col. Enrique Moner Ruiz, retired Maj. Gustavo Alsina and retired Sgt. Miguel Angel Perez, national news agency Diarios y Noticias reported.

The retired officers were spit upon and insulted as they were led before Federal Judge Cristina Garzon de Lascano in Cordoba, 475 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, according to the accounts.

Garzon is leading the so-called ``Historical Truth″ investigation. It aims to explain the deaths or disappearances of 30 prisoners in Cordoba _ apparent victims of military rulers who governed between 1976 and 1982. Human rights groups charge that several were killed, their deaths reported as the result of clashes or escape attempts.

A government report found that at least 9,000 people died or disappeared during a crackdown on leftist opponents called the ``Dirty War.″ Human rights groups say the figure could be as high as 30,000.

The three former officers detained in Cordoba are shielded by a 1990 blanket amnesty covering Dirty War-era abuses. But the reports said the amnesty does not prohibit their detention for clarification of the cases involved.

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