In Chile, former soldiers convicted of their crimes under dictatorship

In 1973, at the beginning of the Pinochet regime, fifteen adversaries were summarily executed. On 9 November, Chilean justice sentenced eleven former soldiers. Among them, a former senior official. A first one.

"This is the first conviction, for state crimes committed under the military regime, which affects a former senior commander of the armed forces", points out La Tercera.

Head of the army from 2002 to 2006, Juan Emilio Cheyre was convicted in the first degree to three years of house arrest for complicity in fourteen murders committed at the start of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

The "caravan of death"

In October 1973, a few weeks after the military coup against the socialist president Salvador Allende, fifteen adversaries were executed in the north of the country without a preliminary trial. A "caravan of death" then wandered through the country to eliminate Pinochet's adversaries. Juan Emilio Cheyre and his supervisor then hide the facts.

The accused Cheyre, at the time lieutenant and deputy commander of the regiment, despite this unquestionable massacre, did not avoid his task to cancel the tracks ", reports the newspaper Santiago quoting the judgment.

I'm sorry for the victims

If the court was unable to determine whether General Cheyre participated in the killings or not, the other 10 defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison. The dictatorship of Pinochet, who died in 2006 without being tried for these crimes, left over 3,200 dead and missing.

"In 2004, Cheyre published the text & # 39; Army of Chile: the end of a vision & # 39 ;, in which he took over the responsibility of the institution for crimes committed between 1973 and 1990, asking for forgiveness to his victims "remember the newspaper.


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