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Uruguay to pay $513,000 settlement in rights case

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Uruguay's president has approved a half-million dollar payment to Macarena Gelman, who was illegally adopted during the dictatorship after her mother was tortured and disappeared.

The payment complies with an Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling accusing Uruguay of delaying justice for crimes committed by its dictatorship in the 1970s.

It was announced Tuesday in a brief statement on the website of President Jose Mujica.

Gelman's parents were kidnapped and killed as part of Operation Condor, the effort by South America's U.S.-supported dictatorships to eliminate opponents in each other's countries. Decades passed before she learned her true identity as the granddaughter of poet Juan Gelman.

She declined to comment Tuesday on the award.

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