Three Pinochet agents jailed for killing political prisoners

SANTIAGO – This week, Chile’s Supreme Court jailed three former army officers for their involvement in murdering a trio of political prisoners during Augusto Pinochet’s 17-year military dictatorship.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Sergio Gutierrez Rodriguez and former sub-officers Ricardo Alvarez Jalabert and Carlos Contreras Hidalgo have been sentenced to 15 years and one day in prison for committing three homicides in 1973.

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Austrian university student Nenad Teodorovic Sertic, a member of the Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR), was killed by the officers, along with his social-worker wife, Elizabeth Cabrera Balarriz, and fellow student Luis Munoz Bravo.

The three prisoners were fatally shot by army officers as they were being transported to a concentration camp on September 14, 1973.

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The Court has also ruled that the Chilean state must pay US$154,000 in compensation to the late couple’s son.