Chilean Pinochet torturers on trial


This video about Chile is called Uncovering Pinochet‘s Secret Death Camps.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Torture trial for retired colonels

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Two Chilean military officers faced trial today on charges of torturing former president Michelle Bachelet’s father.

General Alberto Bachelet died in prison in 1974 after dictator Augusto Pinochet’s military convicted him of being a traitor.

His daughter Michelle was imprisoned herself but went on to become Chile’s first woman president in 2006 and now runs the United Nations women’s agency.

Judge Mario Carroza said last month that a forensic study had determined that the elder Bachelet probably died of heart problems caused by torture.

Retired colonels Ramon Caceres Jorquera and Edgar Benjamin Cevallos Jones were formally charged on Tuesday with torture that led to the 51-year-old general’s death.

That same year Pinochet’s regime arrested Bachelet’s wife, Angela Jeria, and daughter Michelle. They were tortured in a secret prison for two weeks before leaving Chile.

Her husband had remained loyal to Chilean President Salvador Allende to the end, refusing to endorse the 1973 coup even after President Allende committed suicide while making his last stand in the bombed-out presidential palace.

“They broke me from the inside,” the general wrote.

“At one point they had morally torn me apart. I never thought to hate anyone, I always thought that the human being is the most marvellous of this creation and should be respected as such, but I found myself confronted with air force comrades whom I’ve known for 20 years … who treated me like a dog.”

See also here.

17 thoughts on “Chilean Pinochet torturers on trial

  1. It’s always crazy to see what people are willing to do to old people who’ve committed war crimes. Generally they get house arrest because they’re ancient. We’ll see.

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    • Not just “because they’re ancient”. Eg, Margaret Thatcher protected Pinochet when he was arrested in London because he was an ally of hers. And (West) German governments post World War II refused to extradite Dutch SS criminals to the Netherlands because Hitler had decreed that Dutch SS members got German nationality, and later German governments were unwilling to cancel that.

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