In this Jan 17 1997 file photo, Bolivia's jailed, ex-dictator Luis Garcia Meza is surrounded by police as he leaves the Copacabana clinic in La Paz, Bolivia after being hospitalized 72 hours for cardiac problems. (AP Photo/Sandra Boulanger, File)
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Bolivian ex-dictator Luis Garc?a Meza, who was serving a lengthy prison sentence for crimes committed after his 1980 military coup, died Sunday in a La Paz hospital at the age of 88, his attorney told local media.The frail Garcia Meza died of cardiac arrest and respiratory failure at the Cossmil military hospital in La Paz, where the former general had spent more than a third of his 30-year prison sentence, attorney Frank Campero said.Garcia Meza took power in a violent military coup in July 1980, near the end of the period of military dictatorships in Latin America.
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