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Report condemns former presidents for atrocities

TRUTH COMMISSION Special prosecutor Carrillo said the report is only the beginning and that those found responsible must be prosecuted by the state

AP , MEXICO CITY

Carrillo also has attempted to bring charges against Echeverria, president from 1970 to 1976, for a 1971 student massacre and for the disappearance of leftist activists in the southern state of Guerrero.

Echeverria has denied any wrongdoing.

Carrillo's report found the most brutal period allegedly occurred under Echeverria's so-called "Friendship Operation" launched by the military in 1970 in Guerrero.

The report says it has evidence the army conducted illegal searches, arbitrary detentions, torture and burned down villages.

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