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Jury Orders Ex-Officer to Pay Restitution

An army lieutenant accused of executing political prisoners during Chile’s bloody 1973 coup was ordered to pay $4 million Wednesday in the first U.S. trial stemming from the 30-year-old killings. A jury found Armando Fernandez Larios, now a Miami auto body shop manager, liable for extra-judicial killing, cruelty, torture and crimes against humanity for massacres by the Caravan of Death — a mobile killing squad that executed 75 political prisoners in the weeks after Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power. The family of one of the victims — Winston Cabello — sought damages under a 200-year-old federal law originally applied against pirates. Cabello’s family did not offer any witnesses who tied Fernandez directly to Cabello, but they said he conspired with or aided Gen. Sergio Arellano, the reputed leader of the death squad. Full Story

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