Mysteries remain over Argentine 'Dirty War' fugitive who became a Sorbonne teacher

By Camille Audibert and Faiza Zerouala

After a lengthy legal battle, a former police officer under the 1976-1983 Argentine military dictatorship was finally extradited from France this month to Buenos Aires where he was wanted for the kidnapping and disappearance of student Hernán Abriata during the junta’s so-called “Dirty War”. Although it does not feature on his extradition warrant, Mario Sandoval is also suspected of involvement in about 500 cases of torture and murder, as part of a brutal crackdown on political dissidents when an estimated 30,000 people “disappeared”. Intriguingly, Sandoval, 66, successfully settled in France in 1985, gained dual French nationality and managed to become a university teacher and 'economic intelligence' consultant before he was first unmasked in 2008. Faiza Zerouala and Argentina correspondent Camille Audibert report.

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On December 16th, former Argentine police officer Mario Sandoval landed in Buenos Aires on an Air France flight from Paris, marking the end of an eight-year legal battle for his extradition back to Argentina from France where he had been living since 1985.