2 convicted in Dirty War death of Argentine bishop

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 4:33 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine court has convicted two former military officers in the death of leftist Bishop Enrique Angelelli during the country's military dictatorship.

The court in the northern city of La Rioja imposed life sentences on former army chief Luciano Benjamin Menendez and former Vice-Commodore Luis Fernando Estrella.

Details of the ruling revealed on Friday are to be released in September.

Angelelli was one of Argentina's most prominent left-leaning bishops when he died in an automobile crash in August 1976, shortly after the military seized power and began a Dirty War crackdown on suspected leftists. For decades, officials insisted the death was accidental.

The case was reopened in 2010 when a priest who had been riding with the bishop said the car had been forced off the road.

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