Nine Pinochet agents sorry for Chile crimes

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Nine for­mer agents of late Chilean dic­ta­tor Au­gusto Pinochet’s regime asked for­give­ness for their crimes Fri­day-a first for Chile-but vic­tims’ fam­i­lies re­jected the ges­ture as a ploy. The apol­ogy came in the form of a pri­vate re­li­gious cer­e­mony at the Punta Peuco prison, where some 100 for­mer regime agents are serv­ing sen­tences for the kid­nap­pings, killings and tor­ture per­pe­trated dur­ing Pinochet’s rule from 1973 to 1990. The nine con­victs in­cluded Raul Itur­riaga, a high­rank­ing of­fi­cial in Pinochet’s po­lit­i­cal po­lice.

“God is do­ing some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary in this coun­try. This would not have been pos­si­ble un­til re­cently,” Angli­can priest Pablo Al­varez told jour­nal­ists af­ter the cer­e­mony, which was closed to the press. But dozens of vic­tims’ fam­ily mem­bers protested out­side the prison, re­ject­ing the cer­e­mony as a hol­low bid to ob­tain a par­don or early re­lease. “We have the right and the moral duty to be here to pre­vent this me­dia show,” said Ali­cia Lira, head of a rights group for vic­tims’ fam­i­lies. Fam­ily mem­bers em­pha­sized that none of the con­victs have pro­vided in­for­ma­tion on the fate of nearly 1,000 peo­ple miss­ing and pre­sumed killed by the regime. — AFP

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