General Jorge Videla, Argentina's dictator at the height of its "Dirty War" against leftist activists, died in prison while serving time for crimes against humanity. He was 87.
Argentina's former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla during his trial in Cordoba, on July 22, 2010. Videla -- who presided over Argentina's "Dirty War" -- has died in prison while serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity, according to local television reports. He was 87.
Videla launched a ferocious crackdown on leftists and suspected supporters when he took power in 1976. As many as 30,000 people were kidnapped and "disappeared" by the military, and suspected regime opponents were swept into secret prisons, tortured and murdered.