SOA Grad and Former Pinochet Operative Leading Forces in Haiti Print
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Tuesday, 25 October 2005 00:00
On October 17th, the Chilean Government admitted that Gen. Eduardo Aldunate, second in command of its military forces in Haiti, was linked to the disbanded National Intelligence Central (CNI), oppressive military forces that operated under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). The charge was initially denied by the Minister of Defense and the Army Chief.

SOA Watch records show that ?Aldunate Herman Eduardo? took the Basic Officer Orientation at the School of the Americas in 1974. To date, there are at least 10 other former high-ranking officials under Pinochet who attended or taught at the SOA. Among them are the former heads of the CNI and DINA secret police, the officers who tortured and murdered a U.N. official, those who participated in the assault on the residence of president Salvador Allende, and who operated the Villa Grimaldi, Tres Alamos and Cuatro Alamos concentration camps for political prisoners.

The associations are made more grave in light comments by rebel leader turned Haitian Police force top, Guy Philippe, stating his admiration of the former dictator, adding, ?Pinochet made Chile what it is.? A 1994 report by the National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture (known as the Valech Commission) catalogued more than 27,000 confirmed cases of imprisonment and the most grotesque forms of torture under Pinochet.

There is no word yet regarding whether the general will continue in Chile's military intervention in Haiti, in the wake of the ouster of Constitutional President Jean Bertrand Aristide in 2004. Carmen Soria, daughter of a Spanish diplomat who was tortured and killed in 1976, who first made the Aldunate accusation, plans to appeal to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to have Aldunate replaced, and demanded the resignation of Chilean Minister of Defense Jaime Rabinet.

Click here to read the initial article from the Prensa Latina.