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Pinochet Aide Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's feared secret police chief has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the kidnapping and disappearance of a leftist rebel.

Police in Santiago Friday arrested retired General Manuel Contreras at his home. Media reports say detectives had trouble subduing the 75-year-old former military officer, and that he even attempted to draw a gun.

Officials say four other top members of the secret police were sentenced along with Contreras.

All were convicted in the 1975 disappearance of Miguel Angel Sandoval, a 25-year old member of an urban guerrilla group. Mr. Sandoval has been missing since his arrest, which the Supreme Court has ruled a kidnapping.

More than 3,000 people died or disappeared during General Pinochet's 17-year rule.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.