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Chile’s Supreme Court convicts seven retired soldiers of the 1973 kidnapping and murder of Victor Jara

Chile's Supreme Court convicts seven retired soldiers of the 1973 kidnapping and murder of Victor Jara

Chile’s Supreme Court has issued a final ruling on itThe kidnapping and murder of singer and political activist Víctor Jarawhich took place in September 1973 during Augusto Pinochet’s coup d’etat and confirmed the conviction of 25 years in prison against seven ex-military men.

The lower chamber of the court indicated in a unanimous decision on Monday that the convicts are now retired responsible for the crimes of kidnapping and qualified murder the singer-songwriter and prison warden Littré Quiroga Carvajal.

Two weeks after Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the coupAccording to a press release from the judiciary, the Supreme Court has thus upheld the judgment challenged by the Santiago Court of Appeal and ruled out any errors in the judgement.

Who are those convicted of crimes?

The convicts are Raúl Jofré González, Edwin Dimter Bianchi, Nelson Haase Mazzei, Ernesto Bethke Wulf, Juan Jara Quintana and Hernán Chacón Soto, who have to submit 15 years and one day in prison as the perpetrator of the homicidesAnd Ten years and a day for the kidnappings. In addition, Rolando Melo Silva has to follow five years and a day for covering up the murdersAnd three years and a day for hiding the kidnappings.

On the other hand, the The treasury has to pay to each of the plaintiffs, spouses and children of Quiroga Carvajal 150 million Chilean pesos (just over 160,000 euros), while he has to compensate his brothers with 80 million pesos (86,400 euros). Littré Quiroga, the Warden of Allende Prison, was Victor Jara’s death partner, with whom he spent his final hours in isolation and tortured at the hands of the military. It also has to pay 150 million pesos to the Jara’s widow and children.

During the coup led by General Pinochet against President Salvador Allende, on September 11, Jara was arrested along with other teachers and students and taken to Chile Stadium, which currently bears his name. there you werestuck for hours and finally the time had come riddled with bullets. The singer-songwriter had 56 broken bones and 44 bullets inside his body, while Quiroga suffered 47 broken bones and 23 bullets.

In 2016, a US court found guilty Chilean ex-military officer Pedro Barrientos de Torture and extrajudicial execution of the artistas a result of a civil lawsuit filed by his family, forcing him to pay damages.

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