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12 Dec 2018

Uki Goñi, The Guardian

Argentina: Two ex-Ford executives convicted over abduction & torture of co. workers during military dictatorship

"Argentina: two ex-Ford executives convicted in torture case", 11 Dec 2018

Two former executives of a local Ford Motor Co plant have been convicted for human rights crimes over the abduction and torture of company workers during Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship in a historic judgment...[V]erdict in a Buenos Aires court marked the first time executives of a foreign company have been convicted.  Former Ford executive Pedro Müller, 86, and Héctor Sibila, 90, a former Ford security manager, were sentenced to 10 and 12 years, respectively, for the kidnapping and torture of 24 employees at Ford’s General Pacheco plant outside Argentina’s capital city.

Testimony at the trial showed the executives provided the military with lists, addresses and photo IDs of workers they wanted arrested and even provided space for an illegal detention centre at the plant where the abductees could be interrogated.  “The company acted in a coordinated manner with the military,” the prosecution alleged.  Prosecutors alleged that the plant was used as a clandestine detention centre...

...Ford officials in the US could not immediately be reached for comment...[T]he plaintiffs...now considering suing Ford Motor Co in the US...