France to extradite Argentinian ex-policeman over 'dirty war' crimes on Sunday

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  • Monday, 16 Dec 2019

PARIS (Reuters) - France will extradite on Sunday evening a former Argentinian police officer accused of crimes against humanity during Argentina's "dirty war" four decades ago, a justice ministry spokesperson said.

French police arrested Mario Sandoval on Wednesday, just hours after France's top administrative court, the Conseil d'Etat, rejected his appeal against extradition after years of legal tussles.

Sandoval, who moved to France after the fall of Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship and obtained French citizenship in 1997, is accused by Argentinian prosecutors of more than 600 human rights violations including torture.

(Reporting by Simon Carraud, writing by Sybille de La Hamaide; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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