Former member of Pinochet's secret police admits two political assassinations
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A former secret agent who served under Gen.
Augusto Pinochet has admitted to two political assassinations, his lawyer said
Retired army Maj. Carlos Herrera admitted that he killed Tucapel Jimenez,
prominent anti-Pinochet labor leader in 1982, and carpenter Juan Alegria, lawyer
Roberto Puelma said.
Puelma and the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Jorge Saavedra, said Herrera
said in his confession that
he acted on orders from Gen. Humberto Gordon and Maj. Alvaro Corbalan, his superiors in
Pinochet's feared secret police, known as DINA.
Gordon has since died and Corbalan is serving a life prison sentence in the same killings.
Both lawyers attended the court session in which Herrera's written confession
According to court papers, Jimenez was killed for his anti-Pinochet government
activities, and Alegria was assassinated after forcing him to write a letter
admitting to the labor leader's killing. Alegria's death was made appear a suicide.
Herrera is already serving a life prison term for the Alegria killing and
Puelma said his request for a reduction in that sentence is based on "his
cooperation with justice" by confessing the killings.
Herrera is still to be sentenced in the Jimenez case.
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