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Chile must not forget the horrors of dictatorship-era crimes

Chile remains a country of contradictions, influenced by the struggle between memory and forgetting. The dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet has left a legacy that has not been adequately challenged since the country’s return to democracy.

Javier RebolledoHuman rights and memory groups in Chile have struggled against state institutions and military secrecy over dictatorship crimes. They demand, for example, that Punta Peuco, the luxury prison for former agents of National Intelligence Directorate (DINA, the Chilean secret police under Pinochet) be closed and the inmates transferred to ordinary jails. That such demands remain unmet provide foundations from which impunity can make inroads.

Last week, Chilean media reported that Javier Rebolledo (pictured), an investigative journalist and author specialising in uncovering dictatorship era crimes, was taken to court by former DINA agent and Punta Peuco inmate Raul Pablo Quintana Salazar. Rebolledo is facing ‘calumny’ charges in court, over one particular quote published in his most recent book, Camaleon.

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MIGUEL KRASSNOFF’S LAWYER SUSPENDS APPEAL FOR PROVISIONAL LIBERTY

Following the news that seven former military offices convicted for crimes against humanity walked free from Punta Peuco prison, it was revealed that Raul Meza, the lawyer representing former torturers, had filed an appeal, and subsequently suspended it “for now”, for the release of the worst torturer in DINA’s ranks, Miguel Krassnoff Martchenko. 

In a statement, Meza said he will continue working for all convicted torturers to be released.

Recently it was revealed that Krassnoff participated in the death flights in 1973 and disposed of three detainees, while still alive, from a helicopter into the sea off the coast of Rocas de Santo Domingo. 

Krassnoff was also a participant in the killing of MIR leader, Miguel Enriquez.

A graduate of the School of the Maericas (SOA), Krassnoff was third in DINA’s hierarchy. He was the commanded of Brigada Caupolican and Brigada Halcon, specialising in the kidnapping, torture, extermination and disappearance of MIR militants. Upon DINA’s dissolution, Krassnoff was integrated into the CNI and tasked with the surveillance and eventual killing of MIR militants.

Krassnoff is serving more than 300 years for crimes against humanity.

He has described himself as “a soldier who has been transformed into a political prisoner”. It is enough to read the testimonies published on Memoria Viva to dispel this blatant lie. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION

Former DINA agent and torturer Raul Pablo Quintana Salazar, is suing Chilean

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investigative journalist and author Javier Rebolledo, for “calumny”.

Quintana, who is serving a prison sentence in Punta Peuco for crimes against humanity committed during the dictatorship era, is being represented in court by his daughter.

Rebolledo is a well-respected journalist and an author of several books which are heavily based on testimony. His research has uncovered the crimes of the torture and extermination centre Cuartel Simon Bolivar, as well as the early origins of DINA through accounts and analysis of the Tejas Verdes contingent.

Please help Rebolledo by signing this petition – it is unthinkable that a former torturer claims to have incurred damages while a journalist is facing a possible prison sentence merely for uncovering the truths about Pinochet’s violent dictatorship.

Court indictment for Punta Peuco inmate

juan-mauricio-poblete-tropa-671x1000.80Former Chilean General Patricio Enrique Jeldres, an inmate at Punta Peuco prison, was indicted last Friday for the kidnapping of 20 year old MIR militant, Juan Mauricio Poblete Tropa.

The crime occurred on September 23, 1973, in Chillan. Poblete was kidnapped from his home close to midnight. His headless corpse was discovered on December 24, 1973. The forensic results of the remains were communicated on December 19, 2017.

 

PRISON SENTENCES FOR TWO DINA AGENTS INVOLVED IN THE KIDNAPPING AND DISAPPEARANCE OF GONSALVO TORO

Two former DINA agents, Manuel Carevic and Patricio Silva, have been sentenced to 541 days of imprisonment for the kidnapping and disappearance of Gonzalo Toro, a professor of Musical Arts at the University of Chile and MIR militant.

Toro was kidnapped on April 4, 1974 and severely injured. He was transferred to the military hospital where he remained until August 1, 1974, when he was due to be discharged from hospital. On the same day, DINA agents apprehended him from hospital. He was subsequently disappeared.

 

DEFENDER OF COLONIA DIGNIDAD’S PAUL SCHAFER IS CHILE’S NEW MINISTER OF JUSTICE

In contrast to his electoral campaign rhetoric which was on a milder level than that of his counterpart Jose Antonio Kast, Sebastian Pinera’s adherence to right-wing ideology is revealing itself with the appointment of Hernan Larrain, a defender of Colonia Dignidad’s leader Paul Schafer, as Minister for Justice.

During an interview, Larrain defended Schafer, saying that the accusations levelled against the German Nazi who established a colony in Chile and collaborated with the dictatorship was the victim of a frameup.

Alicia Lira, President of the Association of Relatives of Executed Political Prisoners (AFEP) denounced the appointment, declaring it a “sad precedent”, in view of the fact that Larrain was part of Schafer’s circle of friends.

Colonia Dignidad was shrouded in secrecy, thus making investigations into human rights abuses difficult. Schafer had fled from Germany to Chile after accusations of child molestation in 1959. For dictator August Pinochet, Schafer provided both location and opportunity for dictatorship crimes, including torture, murder and disappearance of political opponents. In return, Schafer’s depravity and torture of his own community were assured of impunity.

Valparaiso Court of Appeals orders the arrest of former DINA torturer Cristián Labbé

Former DINA agent, torture instructor and mayor of Providencia, Cristian Labbe, has been arrested upon orders by the Valparaiso Court of Appeals for his role in the kidnapping, detention and torture of Cosme Segundo Caracciolo Alvarez.

Caracciolo Alvarez was kidnapped from his home in March 1975 and taken to Rocas de Santo Domingo.

Labbé was also prosecuted in 2014 for his association with Tejas Verdes upon a series of accusations related to torture which came to light after publication of Javier Rebolledo’s book, “El Despertar de los Cuervos.”