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Former Pinochet Agent Arrested in Australia Faces Extradition

SYDNEY A Chilean former secret police agent of the Augusto Pinochet military dictatorship appeared before a court in Sydney on Wednesday facing extradition to her native country.

Adriana Rivas, in police custody since Tuesday, appeared via teleconference from a detention center.

Her case was adjourned until March 1, said Adriana Navarro, a lawyer representing the families of some of her alleged victims.

The Supreme Court of Chile issued an extradition order in 2014 over the alleged involvement of Rivas in seven kidnappings that occurred between 1974 and 1977. Rivas was an agent of the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA), the Chilean secret police in the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet .

Rivas was the right arm of the director of the DINA, Manuel Contreras. He was one of the main figures of the Chilean dictatorship and died while serving more than 400 years in prison.

Rivas has lived for more than three decades in Australia, where she has worked as a baby sitter and a house cleaner.

In 2006, she was arrested while visiting her family in Chile, but fled back to Australia when she was on bail.

The former DINA agent gave an interview in 2013 to Australian broadcaster SBS in which she denied the accusations against her but defended the use of torture in Chile.

The interrogations took place in the Simon Bolivar barracks, where the Lautaro Brigade of the DINA operated, to which she belonged.

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

 

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