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Chile colonels jailed for torturing President Bachelet’s father

Two retired Chilean colonels have been jailed for repeatedly torturing the father of President Michelle Bachelet in 1973.

General Alberto Bachelet was arrested and tortured for opposing the military coup led by Gen Augusto Pinochet.

He died in 1974 of a heart attack caused by the torture inflicted on him.

The former air force colonels – Ramon Caceres Jorquera and Edgar Ceballos Jones – were given three and two years in prison respectively.

They “repeatedly committed the crime of applying torture” to their former superior, judge Mario Carroza said in the Chilean capital, Santiago.

Chilean government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde said the ruling was “one more step” to address the truth and justice that the country needed.

But a man who was tortured by Ceballos, Sergio Santos, has said that the sentences were too lenient.

“I think it seems a bit ridiculous, that after all the years of repression, torture against hundreds of people from different organisations, they get three years,” he said.

More than 3,000 people were killed and up to 40,000 killed during General Pinochet’s 17-year rule.

Source: BBC World

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