Former Uruguayan President Dead At 83

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News Americas, Montevideo, Uruguay, Mon. July 18, 2011: Former Uruguayan President Juan Maria Bordaberry has passed away at the age of 83.

He was under house arrest at the time of his passing after being found guilty in 2010 over four political killings during military rule in the 1970s under his regime. He had been sentenced to 30 years in jail, but because of ill health was placed under house arrest.

Bordaberry was elected in 1971 and dissolved Congress two years later with the backing of the country’s generals. He ruled for three years by decree until he was himself ousted by the military who ruled Uruguay until 1985.