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Argentine court sentences ex-dictator for Operation Condor

  • Nora de Cortinas, president of the Argentine group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, sits with member of the group, Mirta Baravalle, in federal court to hear the sentence for  former military officers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 27, 2016. A court in Argentina will deliver the sentence on a long-awaited human rights trial focused on Operation Condor, a secret operation launched by six South American dictators in the 1970's that was a coordinated effort to track down their enemies and eliminate them. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Nora de Cortinas, president of the Argentine group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, sits with member of the group, Mirta Baravalle, in federal court to hear the sentence for former military officers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 27, 2016. A court in Argentina will deliver the sentence on a long-awaited human rights trial focused on Operation Condor, a secret operation launched by six South American dictators in the 1970's that was a coordinated effort to track down their enemies and eliminate them. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nora de Cortinas, president of the Argentine group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, center, and a member of the same group Mirta Baravalle, right, enter federal court to hear the sentence for former military officers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 27, 2016. A court in Argentina will deliver the sentence on a long-awaited human rights trial focused on Operation Condor, a secret operation launched by six South American dictators in the 1970's that was a coordinated effort to track down their enemies and eliminate them. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Nora de Cortinas, president of the Argentine group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, center, and a member of the same group Mirta Baravalle, right, enter federal court to hear the sentence for former military officers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 27, 2016. A court in Argentina will deliver the sentence on a long-awaited human rights trial focused on Operation Condor, a secret operation launched by six South American dictators in the 1970's that was a coordinated effort to track down their enemies and eliminate them. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nora de Cortinas, president of the Argentine group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, talks to journalists before entering federal court to hear the sentence for former military officers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 27, 2016. A court in Argentina will deliver the sentence on a long-awaited human rights trial focused on Operation Condor, a secret operation launched by six South American dictators in the 1970's that was a coordinated effort to track down their enemies and eliminate them. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Nora de Cortinas, president of the Argentine group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, talks to journalists before entering federal court to hear the sentence for former military officers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 27, 2016. A court in Argentina will deliver the sentence on a long-awaited human rights trial focused on Operation Condor, a secret operation launched by six South American dictators in the 1970's that was a coordinated effort to track down their enemies and eliminate them. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

A court in Argentina has sentenced former junta leader Reynaldo Bignone to 20 years in prison for Operation Condor crimes.

The secret conspiracy was launched by six South American dictators in the 1970s in a combined effort to track down their enemies and eliminate them. The federal court ruled Friday.

Bignone is already serving life sentences for multiple human rights violations during the 1976-1983 dictatorship.