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High ranking former Argentinean navy officials sentenced to life for crimes against humanity

Two former Argentinean navy officials have been sentenced to life for crimes against humanity committed under military rule between 1976 to 1983.

Captains Alfredo Astiz and Jorge Eduardo Acosta were found guilty of involvement in torture and murder of hundreds of political opponents, reports the BBC.

The two high ranking military officials were among a group of 54 people that faced sentences ranging from 8 to 25 years.

It is estimated that 30,000 people were killed after a military junta led by General Jorge Rafael Videla took power of Argentina.

The military regime operated secret torture and killing centres by the military during the takeover.

The current trial commenced in 2012 to focus on crimes committee din the torture camp, ESMA, against over 789 victims.