Wednesday 28 September 2016

Pinochet spy chief jailed again

Published 20/05/2015 | 20:16

General Pinochet and his wife with Lady Thatcher while he was under house arrest in the UK
General Pinochet and his wife with Lady Thatcher while he was under house arrest in the UK

The former chief of the feared spy agency responsible for kidnapping, torturing and killing thousands during Chile's military dictatorship has accumulated 500 years in prison sentences.

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General Manuel Contreras, 86, has been serving a combined sentence for crimes against humanity.

Today, the Chilean supreme court sentenced him to 15 more years for the 1974 killing of Ana MarIa Puga and Alejandro de la Barra Villarroel.

Four former spy agency members were also sentenced for the killing of the couple.

After the 1973 military coup, led by General Augusto Pinochet, Contreras formed and commanded the DINA spy agency and became the most powerful and feared figure of the regime after the dictator.

According to an official report, 40,018 people were imprisoned, tortured or killed during the 1973/90 dictatorship.

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