Chilean ‘Caravan of Death’ Leader Dead At 94

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A retired Chilean general who led the “Caravan of Death” — a death squad that killed at least 75 people — and served under Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, is dead at 94.

General Sergio Arellano Stark spent two months hunting down the political enemies of Pinochet shortly after he took power in 1973. Due to his crimes as a death squad leader, Arellano Stark was sentenced to six years in prison in 2008 for four murders, according to Chilean daily El Mercurio.

Despite the six year sentence, the death squad leader was deemed too unwell to be in prison due to advanced dementia stemming from Alzheimer’s. The Peruvian Supreme Court confirmed in 2015 that Arellano Stark was still unable to serve time behind bars.

Arellano Stark served under Pinochet, who became the Head of the Military Junta of Chile in September 1973 and president in 1974 after overthrowing then-Chilean President Salvador Allende. Pinochet ruled over Chile until 1990 — a 1988 plebiscite ousted the leader. The dictator died under house arrest at 91 in Chile in 2006, shortly after being convicted of murdering two Salvador Allende bodyguards.

Over 3,000 people were killed or disappeared while Pinochet was in power, and over 40,000 were victims of various human rights abuses.

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