Santiago de Chile, December 24 (RHC)-- A Chilean court has sentenced eight former military officers to jail for killing 14 political prisoners during the dictatorship led by General Augusto Pinochet. A court in the capital Santiago de Chile has announced that the former officers were sentenced to between three and 15 years, according to the country’s on-line news site, Emol.
The 14 political prisoners were taken from an army garrison in the northern province of Antofagasta in October 1973 to a nearby ravine where they were executed by a firing squad. The executions were part of the so-called Caravan of Death, a Chilean army death squad led by General Sergio Arellano Stark on the order of Pinochet. The squad is responsible for the deaths of nearly 100 political prisoners in various cities. Stark was sentenced in 2008 to six years in prison for his role in the death squad.
On September 11th, Chileans marked the 40th anniversary of a CIA-backed coup that overthrew the South American country’s democratically elected President Salvador Allende and brought General Augusto Pinochet to power. Pinochet led the dictatorship from 1973 to 1990. He died in 2006 at the age of 91, without ever having gone on trial for the atrocities he had committed during his 17-year rule.