Keyword: Mario Sandoval

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

By Camille Audibert and Faiza zerouala
Mario Sandoval escorted by police on his arrival at Buenos Aires airport after extradition from France. © Reuters Mario Sandoval escorted by police on his arrival at Buenos Aires airport after extradition from France. © Reuters

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.

France extradites academic wanted for torture in Argentina

Mario Sandoval, 66, who had been living since 1985 in France where he taught at the University of Marne-la-Vallée and at the New Sorbonne University, has been extradited to his native Argentina where he is wanted for crimes against humanity, including torture, during the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship.