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Chile asks Australia for rights case extradition

January 17, 2014

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s Supreme Court is asking Australia to extradite a woman accused of involvement in torture and murder during Chile’s 1973-1990 military dictatorship.

The court requested the extradition of Adriana Rivas Thursday. She’s wanted for her role in the 1976 murder of a Communist Party leader who was held in a secret prison before he was suffocated and thrown into the ocean.

Australia’s Attorney-General Department declined to comment Friday on the extradition request.

“It is the longstanding policy of the Australian government not to disclose whether or not it has made or received an extradition request before a person is arrested or brought before a court in accordance with such a request,” the department said in a statement.

Any Australian court decision to extradite needs the government’s approval.

Rivas was an assistant to Manuel Contreras, the head of the DINA secret police during Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.

She moved to Australia in 1978 but was detained during a visit to Chile in 2006. Rivas was released after some months on probation and escaped to Australia.

In an interview last year with Australian broadcaster SBS, she insisted she was innocent of the charges.


Associated Press writer Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, contributed to this report.

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