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Chilean President Shuts Down Exclusive Prison for Pinochet’s Henchmen

Santiago de Chile, Sep 27 (RHC) Chilean President Sebastian Piñera announced his decision to shut down the Cordillera penitentiary, an exclusive jail offering privileges to former agents of the Augusto Pinochet bloody dictatorship, who are serving long prison terms.

The decision took place amidst a tsunami of criticism by the Chilean people against the exclusive living conditions of the ex-military punished for having committed crimes against humanity during the fascist dictatorship, such as ex-general Manuel Contreras, who headed the National Intelligence Services, best known as DINA.

When the penitentiary is finally closed, the inmates will be transferred to the Punta Peuco prison, in the capital Santiago, which has also been the target of criticism due to also favorable prison conditions if compared to the rest of Chilean penitentiaries.

The Cordillera penitentiary, with 40 guards and only 10 inmates, allows family visits without restrictions, Internet services, cable TV, tennis court, while the cells are two-room cabins without much control.

Meanwhile, at the Punta Peuco jail, where the 10 henchmen will be transferred, there are 80 guards in charge of only 44 inmates, while in other penitentiaries in the country each guard is in charge of more than one hundred inmates, according to local sources.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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