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Argentine dictator guilty of torture in hospital

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's last dictator has been found guilty of more crimes against humanity, this time getting 15 years for setting up a secret torture center inside a hospital during the 1976 military coup.

Reynaldo Bignone personally oversaw the takeover of the Posadas de Haedo hospital in provincial Buenos Aires 35 years ago. Dozens of people were kidnapped and doctors and nurses were among the torture victims.

Bignone was the military junta's social welfare delegate at the time. He later served as the junta's president in 1982 and 1983, ordering the destruction of vast stores of documents as democracy returned to Argentina.

This is his third conviction. The 85-year-old already faces life in prison after two previous dirty war convictions.

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