Accused from Pinochet’s Chile still in Australia

In January last year, Chile’s supreme court issued an extradition order for Adriana Rivas, a Chilean national who had moved to Sydney in 1978. The court was unanimous in its decision to make the request, namely because it involved allegations of “crimes against humanity”. While Rivas had worked as a maid for much of her time in Australia, her prior employment was very different: she had served as a principal assistant to Manuel Contreras, then head of Augusto Pinochet’s secret police force, the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA). Contreras was then the second most powerful man in Chile, with only the military dictator having greater influence.