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Chile to Open New Prison for Military Human Rights Convicts


Chile plans to open a new prison to house military personnel convicted of human rights crimes committed during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

A Chilean government spokesman says the prison will be created inside a military building and be run by regular prison guards. Chile already operates a similar prison in Punta Peuco, located about 40 kilometers north of Santiago.

The spokesman did not say why a new prison was being built, but the announcement comes one week after Chile's top court denied amnesty to the former head of Chile's secret police in connection to the 1975 disappearance of a dissident.

More than 3,000 people died or disappeared for political reasons during General Pinochet's 1973-1990 rule.