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Chile Cuts Sentences in Pinochet-Era Murder Case

Chilean human rights victims received a shock on Friday when a court reduced the sentences of former military officers convicted for the 1982 murder of union leader Tucapel Jimenez. After an investigation that spanned two decades, a Santiago court last year sentenced 12 ex-army officers for murdering Jimenez, a high-profile opponent of Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-1990 military dictatorship. Former Army Major Carlos Herrera, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting Jimenez and slitting his throat, had his sentence reduced to 10 years. However Herrera is serving another life sentence for a related murder. Full Story

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