Election 2016

Justice, Finally, for One of Pinochet’s Most Famous Victims

thenation.comOn June 13, just one day after the horrific massacre at the Pulse nightclub, legal proceedings began in Orlando, Florida, in a unique case of another major atrocity, committed far away and over four decades ago: the execution of the Chilean folksinger Victor Jara following the September 11, 1973, military coup in Chile. After two weeks of dramatic and painful testimony presented by Jara’s family, other victims, and former soldiers in a civil case in federal district court, a jury has found a former Chilean lieutenant, Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez, liable for the torture and murder of Jara. Barrientos was ordered to pay the Jara family $28 million in punitive and compensatory damages.

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