Jose Martinez de Hoz
former Argentine official

Jose Alfredo Martinez de Hoz, Argentina’s former economy minister, died Saturday in Buenos Aires while awaiting sentencing for human rights abuses during the military dictatorship. He was 87.

The exact cause of death was not immediately announced, according to the state news agency Telam.

Mr. Martinez de Hoz was Argentina’s economy minister from 1976 to 1981 under Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla, who came to power in a military coup.

After the dictatorship ended, Mr. Martinez de Hoz was tried for rights abuses. He benefited from a 1990 pardon from then-President Carlos Menem, but the charges were restored after the Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the pardon was unconstitutional.

Mr. Martinez de Hoz was accused of being among those responsible for the kidnapping of a prominent businessman and his son, something he denied.

—From news services