SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Inter-American Court of Human Rights says Chile's government must pay a Chilean exile 20,000 pounds ($32,000) in compensation for nearly two years of arrest and torture during the military dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet.
The ruling by the Costa-Rica based court came in the case of Leopoldo Garcia Lucero, who has lived in Britain since 1975. It is the first ruling from the court in favor of a survivor of the 1973-90 Pinochet dictatorship.
Garcia Lucero was exiled by Chile's Interior Ministry after being jailed and tortured from the start of the dictatorship in September 1973 until June 1975.
According to court documents, he sought exoneration after democracy was restored in Chile, but the government was guilty of an "undue delay" because it waited nearly 17 years to investigate.