An Australian Court rejected a Chilean woman’s legal appeal on Thursday, ruling that she must be extradited to face the allegations of kidnapping seven people under Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship.
Adriana Rivas, who is in her late 60s, has been held in detention since her arrest by New South Wales state police in 2019 in response to a request for her extradition from a South American country. According to local media sources, she left Chile in 1978 and worked as a cleaner in Sydney before being arrested.
Rivas’ appeal revealed a “misunderstanding” of international extradition procedures, according to the judge, including an inaccurate allegation that extradition would be a “breach of the concept of legality.”
Rivas was ordered to pay Chilean court fees and surrender by the Court.
During Pinochet’s military administration, from 1973 to 1990, more than 3,000 persons were killed or disappeared as a result of political violence. Truth commissions and police investigations have revealed that the secret service and the army tortured and exiled thousands of dissidents and communists.