Jorge Anaya

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Jorge Isaac Anaya
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Anaya in 1976
Born (1926-09-27)27 September 1926
Died 9 January 2008(2008-01-09) (aged 81)
Allegiance  Argentina
Service/branch  Argentine Navy
Years of service 1947-1982
Rank Vice Admiral
Unit Missile Frigate Division
Battles/wars Falklands War

Admiral Jorge Isaac Anaya (27 September 1926 – 9 January 2008) was a former Commander-in-Chief of the Argentine Navy. He was born in Bahía Blanca, in the province of Buenos Aires. He participated in the Right-wing military dictatorship known as the National Reorganisation Process (1976–1983) and, along with Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri and Basilio Lami Dozo, was a member of the Third Military Junta that ruled Argentina between 1981 and 1982. He was the main architect and supporter of a military solution for the long-standing claim over the Falkland Islands that led to the Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas).[1][2]


In 1955, Ship-of-the-Line Lieutenant Anaya participated in the coup against president Juan Domingo Perón. He was known to torture dissidents and new conscripts, and was recruited by the CIA for a covert anti-Communist programme in 1962 [3]

He later served as Argentina's naval attaché in London, United Kingdom between 1964 and 1967. He commanded an anti-Submarine Frigate between 1967 and 1970, a Destroyer Escort Squadron between 1970 and 1972, and a Guided Missile Frigate Squadron between 1972 and 1974. Between 1974 and 1976 he was the Chief of the Naval Police and Naval Intelligence [4]

In 1976, during the first part of the new military regime, Anaya was Chief of Naval Operations.

In December 1981, there was a change in the dictatorship bringing to office a new junta headed by General Leopoldo Galtieri. Anaya then, as commander-in-chief of the navy, ordered Vice-Admiral Juan Lombardo to create a plan to seize the Falkland Islands (Spanish: Islas Malvinas) which both presented to the new acting president.[5]

During the 1982 war he devised and commanded Operation Algeciras, in which Argentine commandos were to sabotage a Royal Navy warship harboured in Gibraltar; the plan was thwarted at the last minute when communications were intercepted.[6]

In the 1985 Trial of the Juntas he was acquitted of charges of kidnapping, torture, enslavement, concealing the truth, usurpation of power, and false declarations.[7]

In 1997, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón requested the arrest and extradition of 45 members of the Argentine military, and one civilian, for crimes of genocide, state terrorism, and torture committed during the "Dirty War" period of the de facto regime, including Anaya.[8] The request was denied on several occasions by the democratically elected Argentine government, which argued that it was inadmissible on grounds of inapplicable jurisdiction.

On 27 July 2003, by means of Decree 420/03, President Néstor Kirchner amended the criteria under which the extraditions had been refused, ordering that the legal proceedings requested by the Spanish courts go ahead and thus enabling the extraditions to proceed.[9]

In August 2003, Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar ordered the cessation of the extradition proceedings for crimes committed in Argentina under the de facto regime. That decision was later overturned by the Supreme Court in 2005,[10] which ordered that Garzón's requested extraditions continue. In November 2006, while waiting to be interrogated by an examining magistrate, he suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the naval hospital; he remained under house arrest after his discharge from hospital, but was never deemed fit enough to stand trial.

He died on 9 January 2008 while under house arrest on charges of human rights violations.[11]


  1. [Malvinas, la trama secreta. Oscar Cardoso, Ricardo Kirschbaum, Eduardo Van Der Kooy]
  2. Fue quién impulsó la guerra de Malvinas, prometiendo al general Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri, a fines de 1981, el apoyo de la Armada para convertirlo en sucesor del general Roberto Viola en la Presidencia de la Nación
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  5. Yo estoy convencido que Galtieri no tenía ni idea de Malvinas. No habrá pasado una semana y con Anaya vamos a ver a Galtieri. Hasta ese momento el único enterado era yo
  6. Operación Algeciras, Alberto "Duffman" López, Por Tierra Mar y Aire
  7. Resolución de la Cámara Federal en la causa N° 13/84 (in Spanish) Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Auto de procesamiento de militares argentinos, Juzgado Central de Instrucción Nº 5 de ESpaña, 29 de diciembre de 1997
  9. Argentina al rojo vivo tras la decisión del presidente Kirchner de habilitar la extradición de militares acusados de violaciones a los derechos humanos, El Espectador, 27 July 2003
  10. Corte Suprema española ordenó pedir extradición de militares argentinos, 22 July 2005
  11. Harding, Colin (16 January 2008). "Obituary: Rear-Admiral Jorge Anaya: Argentine naval commander". The Independent. Independent News and Media Limited. Archived from the original on January 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-17. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


Translated, in part, from the corresponding article on the Spanish-language Wikipedia.

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