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Ex-head of Argentina air force sentenced in 'Dirty War' case

  • Vice President of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Rosa Tarlovsky de Roisinblit, left, and her grandson Guillermo Roisinblit, walk towards the court on the verdict day of a trial investigating the former head of the Argentine Air Force and two of his former subordinates for forced disappearances during the last military dictatorship, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Guillermo, who was born in captivity to Patricia Roisinblit during Argentina's dictatorship and raised by another family, reunited with his grandmother on 2000 after he discovered his real identity. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Vice President of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Rosa Tarlovsky de Roisinblit, left, and her grandson Guillermo Roisinblit, walk towards the court on the verdict day of a trial investigating the former head of the Argentine Air Force and two of his former subordinates for forced disappearances during the last military dictatorship, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Guillermo, who was born in captivity to Patricia Roisinblit during Argentina's dictatorship and raised by another family, reunited with his grandmother on 2000 after he discovered his real identity. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Francisco Gomez, on trial for alleged crimes against humanity, arrives in court on the verdict day in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The trial investigates Omar Graffigna, who was the head of Argentina's Air Force during the military dictatorship, and two of his subordinates for the forced disappearances of Patricia Roisinblit, who was eight months pregnant, and her husband Jose Manuel Perez Rojo. Gomez raised Patricia's child, Guillermo. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Francisco Gomez, on trial for alleged crimes against humanity, arrives in court on the verdict day in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The trial investigates Omar Graffigna, who was the head of Argentina's Air Force during the military dictatorship, and two of his subordinates for the forced disappearances of Patricia Roisinblit, who was eight months pregnant, and her husband Jose Manuel Perez Rojo. Gomez raised Patricia's child, Guillermo. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Omar Graffigna, who was head of the Air Force during Argentina's military dictatorship, attends his trial where he is accused of crimes against humanity on the verdict day in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The trial investigates Graffigna, and two of his subordinates for the forced disappearances of Patricia Roisinblit, who was eight months pregnant, and her husband Jose Manuel Perez Rojo. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Omar Graffigna, who was head of the Air Force during Argentina's military dictatorship, attends his trial where he is accused of crimes against humanity on the verdict day in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The trial investigates Graffigna, and two of his subordinates for the forced disappearances of Patricia Roisinblit, who was eight months pregnant, and her husband Jose Manuel Perez Rojo. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

A court in Argentina has sentenced the head of the country's air force to 25 years in prison for the abduction and disappearance of activists during the 1976-1983 dictatorship.

The court sentenced 90-year-old Omar Graffigna Thursday for abducting activist couple Patricia Roisinblit and Jose Manuel Perez Rojo in 1978.

Roisinblit was pregnant when she, Perez Rojo, and a 15-month-old daughter were taken to a clandestine detention center. The couple was forcibly disappeared.

Guillermo Perez Roisinblit, the son Roisinblit gave birth to during detention, was a plaintiff in the trial. He was raised by Francisco Gomez, who has served time for stealing Perez when he was an infant. Gomez was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison.

Human rights groups estimate 30,000 people were killed or disappeared during the dictatorship.