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Wife-killer who handed himself in to police after hiding in Argentinian ... trends now

Wife-killer who handed himself in to police after hiding in Argentinian ... trends now

Judges have ruled that a man who hid in the woods for 22 years after being convicted of murdering his wife in Argentina should be freed.

Ramon Angel Abregu, now aged 70, had escaped from a prison van in 2001 after being sentenced to 20 years behind bars for gunning down his estranged pregnant wife.

He remerged from the rainforest where he had taken refuge last year and handed himself in - and now the courts have decided to let him walk because his 'statute of limitations expires'.

Abregu turned up at the same courtroom where he was convicted in 2001 claiming immunity from being sent back to serve his sentence.

His lawyer, Alejandro De la Riva, confirmed: 'The statute of limitations is 20 years, which is the time in which he managed to remain a fugitive living in hiding.'

Ramon Angel Abregú, now 70, escaped from prison months after being jailed for 20 years for shooting his wife, Eva Falcón, in the city of Río Grande in Argentina's southernmost tip in January 2000

Ramon Angel Abregú, now 70, escaped from prison months after being jailed for 20 years for shooting his wife, Eva Falcón, in the city of Río Grande in Argentina's southernmost tip in January 2000

He said his client had already served his sentence because 'being a fugitive is like serving time'.

And now, the Justice of Tierra del Fuego confirmed his freedom by declaring the case statute barred on February 27.

The decision was taken by the Rio Grande Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeals but has to be rubber-stamped by Argentina's Superior Court of Justice before Abregu can be freed.

Police and prosecutors are now holding him in custody while they work out if he can be legally sent back to prison or freed.

Abregu had been in hiding in rainforests in Salteno Chaco in the wild north of Argentina, home to pumas, deer and

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