Former president to stand trial

12 September 2015

General Francisco Morales Bermúdez, de facto president of Peru between 1975 and 1980, is to face legal proceedings for his role in Operation Cóndor in 1978. Operation Cóndor involved the kidnapping of left-wing sympathisers and was a combined operation between the dictatorships of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. In Peru it involved the kidnapping of 13 people on 25 May 1978, among them three journalists. The captives were taken to a military airport in Lima and then transported to Jujuy in Argentina, where they were jailed, according to the human rights NGO Aprodeh. Earlier this year, Morales Bermúdez, 93, was among 31 others connected with military regimes at the time cited as defendants in a case brought against them in Rome for the killing of 20 Italian citizens as a consequence of Operation Cóndor.

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