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Justice Delayed

Mary Helen Spooner

in The General's Slow Retreat

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520256132
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256132.003.0008
Justice Delayed

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The most feared man in Chile, retired army general Manuel Contreras, was beginning to have fears of his own. Since organizing and directing the Pinochet regime's secret police agency, the DINA, he had amassed a vast network of contacts throughout the country and was used to calling in favors or resorting to blackmail to achieve his goals. The case against Contreras and his former operations chief, Pedro Espinoza, for the 1976 Letelier-Moffitt car bomb assassinations had been slowly moving through the Chilean judicial system since 1991. That year the Aylwin government renewed charges against the two officers after managing to push through a law giving civilian courts jurisdiction in cases involving the military if Chile's relations with another country were involved. On January 25, 1995, the Supreme Court indicted Contreras and Espinoza, much to the surprise of many observers.

Keywords: Manuel Contreras; army general; secret police; Pedro Espinoza; Letelier-Moffitt car bomb assassinations

Chapter.  6953 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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