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Two ex-soldiers escape from Argentine military hospital


Two ex-soldiers -- one recently sentenced to life in jail for the disappearance of a French woman during Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship -- have escaped from a military hospital, officials said Friday.

Jorge Antonio Olivera, a former lieutenant, and Gustavo Ramon De Marchi -- both held for committing crimes against humanity during the regime -- fled Thursday from the Central Military Hospital in Buenos Aires, the Justice Ministry said.

Olivera and De Marchi were taken to the facility for medical care following their convictions July 5 in the western city of San Juan.

Olivera was sentenced to life behind bars for the disappearance of French citizen Marie-Anne Erize and 59 other dissidents during the dictatorship. De Marci got a 25-year sentence for crimes against humanity.

Some 30,000 people disappeared during the dictatorship, including 18 French citizens, according to humanitarian groups.