Former Pinochet Agent Calls For Provisional Release For The Third Time In Australia

An Australian judge on Wednesday saw his decision on the third request for provisional release for health reasons by Adriana Rivas, the former agent of the dictator Augusto Pinochet required in Chile for the disappearance of seven people more than four decades ago.

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Judge Robert Williams, of the Local Court of the Australian state of New South Wales, plans to announce his decision on May 13, lawyer Adriana Navarro, who represents the families of six alleged victims of Rivas, told Efe.

Rivas was arrested last February in Sydney, following an extradition request from Chile that is settled in the courts of the capital of New South Wales.

Rivas’ extradition process is scheduled for June 16-17 in a state court, although the former agent is also awaiting a decision on access to documents from the prosecution in a federal instance.

Chile requested the extradition of Rivas in 2014 for his participation in seven kidnappings classified as disappearances that occurred between 1974 and 1977, when he was an agent of the DINA, political police of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990).

Rivas worked in the Directorate of National Intelligence (DINA) and was the right-hand man of Manuel Contreras, considered one of the maximum criminals of the dictatorship, when these human rights violations attributed to him occurred.

The accused, linked to the Lautaro death squad, has lived in Australia for more than three decades, where she has worked taking care of children and cleaning houses.

In 2006, she traveled to Chile to visit her family and was arrested, although she managed to flee again to the oceanic country when she was on provisional release.

According to official data, during the Pinochet dictatorship, some 3,200 Chileans were killed by state agents, of whom 1,192 are still listed as missing detainees, while some 33,000 were tortured and imprisoned for political reasons.

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