Abril 3, 2007

U.S. arrests three accused of S.American war crimes

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

U.S. arrests three accused of S.American war crimes

WASHINGTON, Apr 3 (Reuters) -- The United States on Tuesday announced
the arrests of three former South American military officers suspected of
war crimes, including the accused chief interrogator of Argentina's former
military government.

The three suspects, who also include two former Peruvian Army officers
accused in the 1985 killing of 69 villagers known as the Accomarca massacre,
were arrested during the past week by agents of the U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement, known as ICE.

They have been charged with violating U.S. immigration laws and face
deportation to their respective countries, ICE said in a statement.

The suspects include Ernesto Guillermo Barreiro, a retired Argentine army
major, who ICE said is accused by Argentine authorities in the torture and
deaths of several people during Argentina's so-called Dirty War period
from 1976 to 1983.

Immigration officials said Barreiro, who was arrested for visa fraud in
Arlington, Virginia, served as chief interrogator at La Perla, a clandestine
detention facility in Argentina.

A second suspect, Telmo Ricardo Hurtado-Hurtado, was arrested in Miami
and charged with visa fraud.

An affidavit in the case described him as a former Peruvian army platoon
commander responsible for the rape and murder of villagers in Accomarca, Peru,
during a military search for Shining Path guerrillas.

Juan Manuel Rivera-Rondon, another former Peruvian army officer accused
in the same massacre, was arrested in Baltimore on immigration charges.


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