Two former coronels of the Chilean Air Force were sentenced to four years in prison over the torture charges against Alberto Bachelet in 1973 and 1974.
General Bachelet was taken prisoner when he rebelled against Augusto Pinochet’s coup on September 11th 1973, which ended the Salvador Allende’s Popular Unity government.
Bachelet, father of the nation’s current president Michelle Bachelet, died as consequence of the torture inflicted.
Chile’s Supreme Court rejected the appeal and the majority confirmed the four-year sentence for former Air Force officials Edgar Cevallos Jones and Ramón Cáceres Jorquera.
The president confessed she felt peace after knowing the court’s sentence. ‘I believe it is good news’, said plainly Michelle Bachelet, who suffered prison and tortures just like her mother Angela Jeria.
The President also said she hoped this punishment paves the way for many other families in Chile, so they eventually know what really happened to their relatives.
Michelle Bachelet and her mother were forced to exile by Pinochet’s military board after being tortured.