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Argentine ex-military chief arrested in torture, kidnap case

FILE - In this March 1, 2015 file photo, Gen. Cesar Milani arrives to Congress for the inauguration ceremony of the 2015 legislative year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The former army chief was detained on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in the Northern province of La Rioja accused of the torture and kidnapping of three people during the last military dictatorship. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

FILE - In this March 1, 2015 file photo, Gen. Cesar Milani arrives to Congress for the inauguration ceremony of the 2015 legislative year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The former army chief was detained on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in the Northern province of La Rioja accused of the torture and kidnapping of three people during the last military dictatorship. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)  (The Associated Press)

Former Argentine army chief Cesar Milani has been arrested for his alleged role in the kidnapping and torture of two men and a woman during the country's military dictatorship.

A court office confirms that Milan was transferred to a jail after testifying Friday before a judge about the case of Pedro Olivera, his son Ramon and Veronica Matta in the late 1970s.

Milani was a lower-ranking officer during the 1976-1983 dictatorship and later rose to head the armed forces during the 2007-2015 term of former President Cristina Fernandez.

The 62-year-old lieutenant general also is under investigation in at least one other human rights case. He also faces charges of illegal enrichment.