Argentine General Wins Extradition Delay

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Gen. Carlos Suarez Mason, accused of atrocities during Argentina's military rule in the 1970s, was granted a one-month delay in his extradition hearing Wednesday, in part to seek testimony from a former U.S. ambassador to Argentina.

U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Jensen agreed to delay the scheduled Feb. 2 extradition hearing to March 7 while Mason's new lawyer, J. T. Prada, seeks testimony from Raoul Castro, former U.S. ambassador to Argentina from 1976 to 1979.

Jensen warned Prada that it would be the last delay he would grant in the 10-month-old case.

Mason, 63, is charged with 43 murders and 23 kidnapings between 1976 and 1979 when he commanded the First Army Corps in Buenos Aires.

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