Forty years ago, Chile went through a military coup that saw President Salvador Allende overthrown and thousands of people killed under the junta's rule.
SANTIAGO, Chile – Serving multiple life sentences in upscale prisons replete with tennis courts, groomed gardens and cable television is no way for the convicted military leaders of Chile's 'Dirty War' to spend their time behind bars, the daughter of toppled President Salvador Allende said.
Chilean Sen. Isabel Allende said that those convicted of human rights violations during Chile's long dictatorship should be moved to common prisons and President Sebastián Piñera is listening.
Among those held is Manuel Contreras, the former spy chief of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Contreras gave interviews ahead of the 40th anniversary of the coup claiming that all of the thousands of disappeared were armed leftists killed in gunfights.
Sen. Isabel Allende also said in an AP interview Thursday that the claim is a lie that shows Contreras doesn't deserve privileges.
"Listening to (Contreras) is repulsive, he lies shamelessly and it is a slap, of course, to the families, to the victims, to the truth. Frankly, it is repugnant," she said.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.