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From the BBC:
28 September 2013 Last updated at 21:22 GMT
Chile ‘Caravan of Death‘ general commits suicide
Odlanier Mena, who was 87 years old, was serving a six-year jail term.
The crimes were allegedly part of the “Caravan of Death” – a military operation thought to have killed more than 100 opponents of the 1973 coup.
On Thursday, President Sebastian Pinera announced plans to close the jail where Mena was being held.
A lawyer representing Mena said his client had been worried about having to be moved from Cordillera to another military facility at Punta Peuco.
Mena is said to have shot himself in the head at home on Saturday. He had been due to return to prison the following day.
At Cordillera, prisoners have access to the internet, cable TV, a tennis court, gardens and a barbecue area.
The comfortable conditions at the prison have been sharply criticised by many in Chile, including former Presidents Ricardo Lagos and Michelle Bachelet.
Mena even had a personal trainer in his ‘prison’.
Critics say military prisoners should not be given different treatment to others serving prison terms.
President Pinera’s decision to move the prisoners of Cordillera to Punta Peuco also follows a controversial interview by one of its 10 inmates, the notorious former head of Pinochet’s intelligence agency, Manuel Contreras, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the 1973 coup.
Contreras told reporters there was no torture at the Villa Grimaldi, one of the secret police’s main complexes, and that all of the dead during the Pinochet dictatorship were killed in armed confrontations with security forces.
More than 3,000 people died or disappeared in Chile between 1973 and 1990 and nearly 30,000 are believed to have been tortured.
See also here.
- Chile: former spy chief commits suicide before transfer from luxury jail (telegraph.co.uk)
- Ex-Chile spy chief kills self before jail transfer (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Pinochet cronies lose lavish prison (voiceofrussia.com)
- Chile shuts luxury jail for Pinochet henchmen (aljazeera.com)