McKinney Expresses Relief over Pinochet Ruling
August 9, 2000
Washington - Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), a member
of the International Relations Committee and Ranking Member of the
International Operations and Human Rights Subcommittee, expressed
relief over Chile's Supreme Court's ruling to end General August
Pincher's immunity from prosecution on Tuesday.
McKinney stated, "The ruling of Chile's Supreme Court will finally
allow this evil and dangerous man to finally be held accountable
for his many atrocious violations of human rights. His reign of
terror is over and the people of Chile can finally seek justice
and closure to a horrible and painful part of their history."
McKinney continued, "This is a bad day only for those who have
been protected and allowed to hide from their crimes under the flimsy
umbrella of immunity."
During his reign from 1973 to 1990, over three thousand people
died or disappeared at the hands of Pinochet's secret police after
a 1973 coup where he and followers removed Marxist president Salvador
Allende, with the assistance of the United States. Pinochet will
also finally face charges for his "caravan of death," which allegedly
executed seventy-two political prisoners after the coup.
McKinney concluded, "This ruling against General Pinochet should
send a message loud and clear to would be dictators and human right
violators around the world. Your days of sheltered immunity are
over. The people have spoken."