Order in Chile to compensate victims of the Pinochet dictatorship | News

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The Court of Appeals of Santiago de Chile sentenced the State to compensate three victims of illegal detention and torture carried out by members of the Armed Forces in the Biobío region in 1974 and 1975, during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.


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“In a unanimous ruling (cause role 8.442-2020), the Third Chamber of the appeal court –composed of the ministers Verónica Sabaj, Natacha Ruz and the minister Matías de la Noi– confirmed the appealed sentence, issued by the Sixteenth Civil Court of Santiago ”, reads the statement issued by the judicial entity.

Likewise, it highlights in the text that the treasury of that country must accrue to each of the three plaintiffs the sum of 50 million Chilean pesos (about 62,000 USD).

The names of the three victims were not revealed, it was only reported that they were a woman and two men who were illegally detained and received beatings, sexual abuse, electricity to the genitals and other types of harassment.

Some of the three indemnified persons demonstrated that more than 30 years later they continue to present physical and mental ailments as consequences of the torture, among which are tachycardia, or intolerance to darkness.

During the dictatorship headed by Pinochet between 1973 and 1990, it is estimated that around 28,000 people were tortured, more than 3,000 killed and approximately 200,000 forced into exile.

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