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Chile's president closes luxury prison for dictatorship-era criminals

Chile's president is announcing that he will close a luxury prison for dictatorship-era criminals.

Sebastian Pinera said Thursday that his government has decided to close the Cordillera prison taking into account "equality before law" and the security of the 10 inmates who will now serve time at another special prison.

Military officers imprisoned for killings and other abuses committed during the 1973-1990 dictatorship were held at the Cordillera prison at an army base and lived in far better conditions than those of the country's lockups for typical prisoners. Inmates sleep in small cabins and enjoy tennis courts, hot showers and natural light.

On Wednesday, supporters of one of the inmates even tried to organize a BBQ in his honor at the prison where he is serving a 144-year sentence.