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Guerrillas’ child testifies against kidnapper

By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA  © 2010 The Associated Press

Carla Rutila Artes, left, who was appropriated by former Argentine intelligence agent Eduardo Ruffo after her parents were killed during the 1970's dictatorship, talks to reporters next to Estela de Carlotto, president of the human rights group Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, center, and Rosa Tarlovsky de Roisinblit, the group's vice president in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. Rutila Artes, who recovered her identity in 1985 and has been living in Spain for the last 23 years, is in Argentina to testify against Ruffo. (AP Photo/Enrique Garcia Medina,Telam)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The first dirty-war kidnap victim to be identified by DNA tests returned from Spain to testify that a former government intelligence agent not only stole her from her parents, but sexually abused her as well.

Carla Rutila, 35, was abducted as a baby in 1976 in Bolivia, where her parents were fighting as leftist guerrillas with the National Liberation Army, or ELN. Her father, Uruguayan Enrique Luca Lopez, was killed, and her mother, Argentine Graciela Rutila Artes, disappeared after being taken to a secret torture center in Buenos Aires, the Automotores Orletti garage. Continue reading

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