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18 Former Security Agents Sentenced To Jail For Kidnapping And Murder Of Woman Thrown From Helicopter During Pinochet Regime

Story By:  Ana MarjanovicSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency:  Newsflash

The Supreme Court of Chile has found 18 former security agents from the Pinochet regime guilty of the kidnapping and murder of woman professor and communist party member Marta Ugarte.

Ugarte’s corpse was shockingly tortured before her body was dropped into the sea from a helicopter and was later discovered by a fisherman on La Ballena Beach in the Chilean region of Valparaiso on 1st September 1976.

She had last been seen alive on 9th August.

Marta Ugarte Roman, killed in 1976, Supreme Court rejected cassation appeals and confirmed the sentence that convicted 18 former State agents for her murder, in Chile, in November, 2021. (Newsflash)

Her body was burnt, her arms and neck tied with wire, and one arm and all her ribs were broken, injuries consistent with having been tortured and thrown from a considerable height.

Subsequent investigations revealed she had been taken to a clandestine jail, where she was interrogated, tortured and finally executed before being dropped into the sea from the helicopter.

The Supreme Court ruled that Ugarte, 42, was killed solely for belonging to the Communist Party by the same regime that overthrew the elected socialist government of Salvador Allende.

The court had already handed down the sentences to the former security agents, but they are now final after it rejected their cassation appeals.

Marta Ugarte Roman, killed in 1976, Supreme Court rejected cassation appeals and confirmed the sentence that convicted 18 former State agents for her murder, in Chile, in November, 2021. (Newsflash)

The court, thereby, upheld the sentences against Ricardo Lawrence Mires, Heriberto del Carmen Acevedo and Claudio Pacheco Fernandez to 15 years in prison for aggravated murder and 10 years in prison for aggravated kidnapping.

It also upheld the sentences against Pedro Espinoza Bravo, Jose Ojeda Obando, Juvenal Pina Garrido, Victor Manuel Alvarez Droguett, Orlando Altamirano Sanhueza, Guillermo Diaz Ramirez, Jorge Diaz Radulovich, Orlando Torrejon Gatica, Carlos Miranda Mesa y Carlos Lopez Inostroza to 10 years in prison for aggravated kidnapping.

Carlos Mardones Diaz, on the other hand, was sentenced to eight years in prison for being an accomplice, and Luis Polanco Gallardo was given five years in prison for being an accessory to aggravated murder.

Finally, Leonidas Mendez Romero and Jose Seco Alarcon got five years in prison and Emilio Troncoso Vivallos got four years in prison for being accomplices to aggravated kidnapping.

The Treasury must also pay compensation to the victim’s sisters.

The Supreme Court, pictured, rejected the appeals and confirmed the sentence that convicted 18 former State agents for their responsibility in the aggravated kidnapping and qualified homicide of Marta Ugarte Roman, in Chile, in November, 2021. (Google Maps/Newsflash)

The Report of the Chilean National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation found that over 2,000 people had been killed for political reasons during the military dictatorship of Chile from 1973 to 1990.

Despite being indicted by the Chilean justice, Augusto Pinochet died a free man in the Chilean capital Santiago at the age of 91 in December 2006. He was never convicted of any of the crimes of which he was accused.