death squad

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death squad

n.
A clandestine military or paramilitary group that carries out the killing of political opponents or civilians deemed undesirable.

death′ squad′


n.
any of various paramilitary groups, esp. in Latin America, whose members murder political opponents and petty criminals.
[1965–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.death squad - a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government's tacit approval)death squad - a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government's tacit approval)
hit squad - a team of assassins
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death squad

nsquadra della morte
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McGovern received an honorary degree from the University of Central America in El Salvador for his work in an American Congressional investigation into the killing of six Jesuit priests by a military death squad in 1989.
A panel of three judges convicted the 70-year-old of ordering a military death squad to carry out two massacres that killed 25 people during his 1990-2000 rule, when he was battling communist guerrillas.
A Peruvian court has convicted a former general and three members of a military death squad of kidnapping and murder in a ruling that prosecutors say could set a precedent in the trial of former President Alberto Fujimori.
A few days earlier, the Corte Suprema de Justicia had found the general mentally unfit to stand trial on charges of kidnapping and murder carried out by the Caravan of Death, a military death squad operating after the 1973 coup that left 57 dead and 18 missing.
SANTIAGO -- The interrogation by a Chilean judge of former dictator Augusto Pinochet about whether he ordered a military death squad to execute political prisoners without trial demonstrates the profound changes underway in the country's political system.
Peru's government apologised for a 1992 university massacre by a military death squad during the "rising dictatorial regime" of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori.

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