A fugitive Chilean colonel has been apprehended in Argentina for human rights crimes.

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On Saturday, police in Argentina apprehended a former Chilean army colonel in Buenos Aires after he escaped neighbouring Chile, where he was convicted of human rights breaches committed under Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, according to Chilean authorities and local media.

Walter Klug Rivera was convicted in the 1973 kidnapping and murder of 23 employees, shortly after Pinochet seized power in a coup that culminated in the removal and killing of incumbent President Salvador Allende.

“Walter Klug Rivera was apprehended outside the … hotel where he was staying, which he intended to leave in the next few hours in order to continue evading justice,” Chile’s police said on Twitter.

More than 3,000 people died or disappeared in political violence during Pinochet’s military regime from 1973 to 1990. The secret service and the army also tortured and drove into exile thousands of dissidents and leftists, truth commissions and police investigations have shown.

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Klug will be detained in Buenos Aires until Monday, when he must appear before federal judge Julián Ercolini, who will initiate the process to extradite him to Chile, Argentine media reported.


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