Saturday, 15 June 2013

Chile recommends dropping extradition

The Chilean authorities have recommended dropping extradition proceedings for six former members of the secret police (DINA). The men are wanted in Spain for the killing of a Spanish employee of the UN in 1976.

The accused are: Manuel Contreras Sepúlveda, José Ríos San Martin, Jaime Lepe Orellana, Pablo Belmar Labbé, Guillermo Salinas Torres and René Quilhot Palma.

Carmelo Soria's death was set up to look like a drink-driving accident.

Prosecutor Monica Maldonado said that it would not be appropriate to extradite the men as the crime is also under investigation in Chile. Moreover, several of them are already serving jail sentences for human rights abuses in the country and in particular, Manuel Contreras Sepúlveda, the former director of the DINA, has been sentenced to 150 years.

Chile to block extradition for Carmelo Soria 'killers' (BBC)
Recomiendan desestimar la extradición de seis agentes chilenos por el asesinato de un diplomático español (

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