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Leader of Argentina's Mothers of Plaza de Mayo arrested

  • Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo human rights group, flashes a vee as she leaves the historic square after taking part in the traditional weekly march in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Argentine police have Bonafini for refusing to appear for questioning into the alleged embezzlement of public funds meant for a low-income housing project. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

    Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo human rights group, flashes a vee as she leaves the historic square after taking part in the traditional weekly march in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Argentine police have Bonafini for refusing to appear for questioning into the alleged embezzlement of public funds meant for a low-income housing project. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo human rights group, flashes a vee as she leaves the historic square after taking part in the traditional weekly march in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Federal Judge Marcelo Martinez di Giorgia has ordered the detention of Bonafini who is accused of diverting funds in the government funded project, "Shared Dreams”, that builds homes for those in need. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

    Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo human rights group, flashes a vee as she leaves the historic square after taking part in the traditional weekly march in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Federal Judge Marcelo Martinez di Giorgia has ordered the detention of Bonafini who is accused of diverting funds in the government funded project, "Shared Dreams”, that builds homes for those in need. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Hebe de Bonafini, President of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo human rights group, march around the Plaza de Mayo chanting slogans against Argentine President Mauricio Marci and in support of Bonafini in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. The demonstrators surrounded Bonafini to stop the police from detaining her after a judge ordered her arrest for refusing to show up for questioning into the alleged embezzlement of public funds meant for a low-income housing project. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

    Supporters of Hebe de Bonafini, President of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo human rights group, march around the Plaza de Mayo chanting slogans against Argentine President Mauricio Marci and in support of Bonafini in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. The demonstrators surrounded Bonafini to stop the police from detaining her after a judge ordered her arrest for refusing to show up for questioning into the alleged embezzlement of public funds meant for a low-income housing project. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)  (The Associated Press)

Argentine police have arrested the president of the human rights groups Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo for refusing to appear for questioning into the alleged embezzlement of public funds meant for a low-income housing project.

Local TV stations showed Hebe de Bonafini being picked up Thursday.

A magistrate has been probing since 2011 the diversion of $14 million in funds from the housing project registered in the name of the Mothers.

De Bonafini called the probe politically motivated and blamed the group's two legal representatives. The Mothers gained fame standing up to Argentina's military dictators in the late 1970s, demanding an accounting of their disappeared children.

The group in recent years became close to Cristina Fernandez, the leftist president who governed from 2007-2015.