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An Australian court of law declared the request for extradition to Chile of former Chilean agent Adriana Rivas, required for the disappearance of seven people in the 1970s when she was working for the Augusto Pinochet regime.

New South Wales State Court Magistrate Philip Stewart indicated that he “is satisfied with the eligibility for delivery” of the 67-year-old Chilean.

Rivas is accused of having participated as a member of the Lautaro brigade in the “aggravated kidnapping” of Víctor Díaz, who was undersecretary of the Communist Party of Chile in 1976, as well as those of Fernando Navarro, Lincoyán Berríos, Horacio Cepeda, Juan Fernando Ortíz, Héctor Veliz and Reinalda Pereira, who was pregnant with their first child at the time of their birth. detention.

Defend your innocence

The judge reviewed the arguments of the parties and stressed that he is not convinced by Rivas’s defense that she will be tried in Chile for her “political opinions”.

The defendant, who appeared by videoconference from the prison where she has been held since her arrest in Sydney in February 2019, maintains her innocence and assures that it is a impeachment against her.

The process for deciding on the extradition of the ex-spy of Pinochet, can last for years if the parties decide to appeal each of the decisions in the different judicial echelons, until taking the legal battle to the highest judicial instance in Australia, the High Court.

Extradition request

Chile requested the extradition of Rivas in 2014, although later it had to modify it several times, due to the cases of seven detainees and disappeared members of the Communist Party Chile in the 1970s.

The 67-year-old Chilean allegedly participated in the extermination squad Lautaro of the National Intelligence Directorate (Pinochet’s secret police), where she became the secretary of Manuel Contreras, the highest head of this entity.

Rivas, who has lived for more than three decades in Australia, where she worked as a nanny and cleaning houses, traveled to Chile in 2006 to visit her family and was arrested, but managed to flee to the oceanic country again when she was on provisional freedom.

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