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MIAMI (AP) — A jury in Miami on Friday found a former Argentine naval officer responsible for a 1972 massacre of political prisoners in his homeland and ordered him to pay more than $20 million in damages to relatives of four of the victims.

The unanimous verdict of the seven jurors was delivered against Roberto Guillermo Bravo, 79, who has lived in the United States since 1973.

The families filed the civil case against Bravo under a U.S. law that allows judicial action against residents of the United States for acts allegedly committed elsewhere.

Bravo remained calm as he heard the verdict in the courtroom, while two of the relatives listened in tears.

“I’m happy for them,” Bravo told The Associated Press as he left the courtroom.

He had been the only former Argentine military officer accused of taking part in what is known as the Trelew Massacre who had not faced justice. Three other officers were convicted in Argentina and given life sentences.

Bravo and other military officers allegedly shot to death 16 unarmed political prisoners and seriously wounded three others at the Trelew military base in Patagonia in the early hours of Aug. 22, 1972, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. case.

The official version of events claimed the political prisoners were killed during a shootout while trying to escape, but after Argenina’s return to democracy in 1973, the three survivors recovered their freedom and told a different story. Those three were later kidnapped and murdered by the military after a 1976 coup that ushered in Argentina’s last military dictatorship.

The four plaintiffs were relatives of Raquel Camps, Eduardo Cappello, Alicia Krueguer and Marcela Santucho. Krueguer, Cappello and Santucho were among those killed, while Camps was one of the three initial survivors.

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Crime and Public Safety | Three wounded in Oakland shootings

OAKLAND — Three men, including two who were in a vehicle,  were wounded in two East Oakland shootings Saturday night and early Sunday, authorities said.

All were in stable condition.

Police said the shootings are not related.

The double shooting happened about 11 p.m. Saturday in the 2300 block of East 12th Street.

Two men, one 20 and the other 21, were in a vehicle with a third man that had stopped for a red light.  The men told police that a pickup truck  pulled up alongside them and someone inside began shooting at them.

The two men were wounded and the other man, who was not hurt, drove them to a hospital, authorities said.

Police are trying to determine a motive for the shooting.  No arrests have been made.

The other shooting happened about 1:45 a.m. Sunday in the 7600 block of Bancroft Avenue.

A 21-year-old man told police he was walking by himself when another person confronted him on the street and began shooting at him. The man was hit in the arm and was able to make it to his home in the area where police and medical personnel were called.  He was taken to a hospital.

A motive for the shooting is under investigation.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money in the double shooting and up to $5,000 in the other shooting for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.  Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

 

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