Chile Jails Death Squad Officers

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Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture
Chile Jails Death Squad Officers

 

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[url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7673056.stm]http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/...

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[b]Chile's supreme court has jailed five retired senior military officers over the killing of dozens of government opponents under military rule.

The officers were all members of a military committee known as the Caravan of Death, which criss-crossed the country killing suspected leftists. [/b]


Somewhere, Victor Jara is singing.

lagatta

Argentina has done the same. Videla and Massera of the junta will spend the rest of their miserable lives in a real prison: [url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7664876.stm]http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/... Galtieri (infamous military leader in the Malvinas/Falklands war) has already died.
I know people in Uruguay are trying to achieve the same. The constant protests outside the homes of human-rights violators are called "escrache" in Argentina and "funa" in Chile.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

The Chilean sentences seem awfully light for mass-murderers.

Marc Emery will be doing more time than that in a US prison for selling marijuana seeds.

Fidel

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Originally posted by M. Spector:
[b]The Chilean sentences seem awfully light for mass-murderers.[/b]

They chased Erich Honecker to the four corners and back and didn't let up until he was dead with cancer.

These bastards should be lined up against a cement wall at dawn without blindfolds

DrConway

Just the fact that they actually did hand down jail sentences is a noteworthy achievement.

lagatta

It is a great achievement and follows on years of constant protests by human-rights activists, and family members of disappeared.

I think the relatively light sentences in Chile and Argentina are due to the advanced aged of the old bastards.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Why? So they won't have to die in prison? WTF?

Haven't they had enough time to walk the streets in freedom since committing these horrible crimes?

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

The sentences are very short, but they do represent a real beginning of psychic freeing among the pro-democracy wing of the Chilean population.

Remember, it wasn't that long ago that the army there was continually threatening another coup(which the anti-democratic wing of society would all have supported) if any punishment at all was given to the fascists of '73.

The generals should be left to rot(or perhaps gutted and then thrown out of planes into the ocean like their victims)but this is a start.

Doug

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Originally posted by M. Spector:
[b]The Chilean sentences seem awfully light for mass-murderers.
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They're all very old, so these are effectively life sentences.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

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Originally posted by Doug:
[b]They're all very old, so these are effectively life sentences.[/b]

If that's the case, then why not make it 20 years? At least that would go a longer way towards fulfilling the criminal sentencing principles of [b]deterrence[/b] and [b]denunciation[/b].