Chile OK’s extradition of Argentine judge

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s Supreme Court has approved the extradition of a former Argentine judge who fled his home country to avoid trial on charges of crimes against humanity.

The court said late Wednesday that Otilio Romano should face a court in Argentina where he is accused of committing nearly 100 human rights crimes while working as a prosecutor during the country’s 1976-83 military dictatorship. The decision is unanimous and cannot be appealed.

Roman is accused of using confessions obtained through torture as evidence against dissidents and with protecting military and security force members accused of crimes. He denies those and other charges.

Romano fled to Chile in August 2011. Chile refused to grant him political asylum last year and he was put under house arrest pending the extradition process.

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