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Chile extradites Argentina judge on rights charges

05 September 2013, 12:26

Santiago - Chile is extraditing an Argentine judge who fled his home country to avoid trial on charges of crimes against humanity.

Interpol Chile director Fernando Villegas said police took former judge Otilio Romano to Santiago's airport on Wednesday night. He is now under custody of Argentine Interpol agents and will be flown to the Argentine city of Mendoza.

Romano is accused of committing almost 100 human rights crimes while working as a prosecutor during Argentina's 1976 - 1983 military dictatorship.

Romano fled to Chile in August 2011. Chile refused to grant him political asylum in 2012 and he was placed under house arrest pending the extradition process.

- AP


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