A former Argentina army intelligence officer who violated the human rights of two people during the nation's military dictatorship has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, the government's judicial information service said Tuesday.
Horacio Barcos illegally detained and tortured Amalia Petrona Ricotti and her now-deceased husband, Jose Alberto Tur, at a secret detention center from May 16 through 31, 1978, for their political beliefs, a federal court in the city of Santa Fe found.
The court sentenced Barcos to 11 years on the human rights charges and combined that term Monday with a 2003 sentence on an extortion conviction. The combined sentences totaled 15 years.
Up to 30,000 people disappeared or were held in secret jails or torture centers during Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship. The prisoners included students, labor leaders, intellectuals and leftists who ran afoul of the dictatorship because of their political views. Most were dragged off the street or otherwise summarily arrested and held without trial in secret prisons where many were tortured.