Adriana Rivas (Rivas) is a former DINA agent living in Sydney. DINA was Chile’s Intelligence Bureau during Pinochet’s dictatorship and is known as Pinochet’s Gestapo due to its cruelty and mass assassinations. The Lautaro Brigade was DINA’s extermination brigade. Rivas was an operative agent in that Brigade between 1974 and 1977. The Lautaro Brigade concentrated on detaining, torturing, extracting information and killing Communist Party members.
o Member of DINA, Pinochet’s Gestapo
o Operative agent of DINA’s Lautaro Brigade
o Worked at Simon Bolivar extermination barracks
o An advocate for torture
o Charged in Chile with 7 counts of aggravated kidnapping
o Absconded to Australia whilst on bail in 2011
o Must face justice and answer to the victims’ families
o She remains at large in Australia
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Sydney Morning Herald by Garry Maddox
A Chilean filmmaker has called on the federal government to extradite her aunt to face trial for her involvement in an elite unit that tortured, kidnapped and murdered opponents of military dictator Augusto Pinochet’s regime in the 1970s.
Lissette Orozco has made an acclaimed documentary about her aunt, Adriana Rivas, which has its Australian premiere next week ahead of its Chilean release next month.
June 25, 2017
Article from The Sydney Morning Herald by Fergus Hunter
The Turnbull government is facing mounting pressure to grant a Chilean extradition request for a Sydney woman accused of involvement in kidnapping, torture and murder as an agent of former military dictator Augusto Pinochet’s feared secret police.
Adriana Rivas, a long-time Australian resident recently working as a nanny, has been charged with seven counts of “aggravated kidnapping” from her time with Dirección de Inteligenca Nacional (DINA) and is the subject of a campaign by members of the Chilean community in Australia.
Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (22:09): Last week I met a remarkable and brave woman. Her name is Lorena Pizarro. For many years Lorena has travelled the world seeking answers—and justice—about crimes that are unthinkable for those of us who have never lived in a country that has been riven by warfare or internal conflict. Lorena is the President of the Association of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Chile. She is seeking answers about disappearances and tortures. She attended my Parliament House office with members of the National Campaign for Truth and Justice in Chile.
Lorena Pizarro was seven when General Augusto Pinochet launched a military coup against his Chilean president, Salvador Allende. The coup followed a period of unrest against the Socialist president, fomented by the United States government. The military abolished the civilian government and established a junta that brutally repressed left-wing political activity both domestically and abroad. The United States government, which had worked to create the conditions for the coup, promptly recognised the junta government and supported it in consolidating power. That period lasted for 17 long years.
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.
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