Prison with tennis courts, BBQ pits, pool: Chile shuts luxury jail for dictatorship criminals
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chile's president has announced that he will close a luxury prison for dictatorship-era military officials convicted of crimes against humanity, taking away their tennis courts, barbecues and a pool.
The Cordillera prison, located on an army base, offers the officers jailed for killings, tortures and other abuses committed during Gen. Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship far better conditions than Chile's normal penitentiaries. The inmates live in small cabins, have hot showers and get lots of natural light.
President Sebastian Pinera said on Thursday his government decided to close Cordillera taking into account "equality before law" as well as the security of the luxury lockup's 10 inmates, who will now serve time at Punta Peuco, another special prison for human rights offenders.
The decision came after Manuel Contreras, the former chief of Pinochet's secret service gave an interview inside Cordillera ahead of the 40th anniversary of the military coup.