‘Caravan of Death’ general dies in Chile
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‘Caravan of Death’ general dies in Chile

Chilean general Sergio Arellano Stark, commander of the infamous ‘Caravan of Death’ death squad, has died aged 94 in a nursing home.

Stark is responsible for the murder of at least 75 political prisoners, under the ruling of General Augusto Pinochet. The squad took opponents of the Pinochet regime from jails and executed them by firing squad.

After receiving a six-year prison sentence in 2008, Stark was let off from his sentencing as he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

According to official figures, a total 40,018 people were victims of human rights abuses between 1973 and 1990 and 3,065 were killed or disappeared under Augusto Pinochet, the BBC reports.

Chilean defense minister José Antonio Gómez reacted to Stark’s death, reminding the country’s citizens that no honors will be bestowed on military officials linked to the Pinochet regime.

He added that those who wished to attend Stark’s funeral “should do so discreetly, but they are prohibited from donning their army uniform as this was previously prohibited under a resolution passed by President Bachelet.”

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