A retired Chilean general has died of a gunshot just as he was due to begin serving a 20-year sentence for a killing meant to cover up dictatorship-era crimes.
The Military Hospital says General Hernán Ramírez was admitted with a cranial bullet wound at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and died two hours later.
Ramírez was part of a group of officers sentenced this week by the Supreme Court in the killing of former chemist Eugenio Berrios, who had worked for the secret police.
They were accused of collaborating to keep him from testifying about crimes committed during General Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-1990 dictatorship.
Berrios was kidnapped and later found dead on a Uruguayan beach in 1995.
Officially, 40,018 people were killed, tortured or imprisoned for political reasons during the dictatorship.