June 18, 2013
Bolivian authorities arrest Argentine military officer accused of crimes against humanity
Bolivian authorities announced the arrest of an Argentine ex-military officer wanted for human rights violations committed during Argentina’s military dictatorship.
Bolivian Interior Minister Wilfredo Chavez said the suspect, Luis Enrique Baraldini, would be extradited within hours to Argentina, which had offered a reward of some US$23,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Chavez presented a handcuffed Baraldini at a press conference in La Paz, saying the former officer "was a member of the epoch of dictatorship in Argentina and has therefore been charged in that country."
He added that Baraldini had been detained in Santa Cruz, some 900 kilometers (560 miles) east of the Bolivian capital, where he allegedly lived under a false name for several years.
Argentina's Ministry of Justice and Human Rights had put a wanted poster for Baraldini on its website, with his picture and the reward offer.
It linked him to human rights violations committed under former general Guillermo Suarez Mason, accused of ordering the killing of thousands of alleged dissidents during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
An estimated 30,000 people died in Argentina dictatorship's brutal campaign against mostly leftist dissidents, according to rights groups.