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Sydney nanny loses appeal on crimes in Pinochet-era

Key Takeaway:

  • An Australia-based nanny lost her second appeal against deportation to Chile on Wednesday.
  • She has been fighting extradition since she was arrested and delayed by Australian authorities in February 2019 for her involvement in kidnappings under the US-backed Pinochet regime.

An Australia-based nanny lost her second appeal against deportation to Chile on Wednesday, where she allegedly served as a member of the secret police throughout the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Adriana Elvira Rivas Gonzalez is in her late 60s, faces seven charges of kidnapping carried out in the 1970s, including the 1976 missing of senior Communist Party.

She has been fighting extradition since she was arrested and delayed by Australian authorities in February 2019 for her involvement in kidnappings under the US-backed Pinochet regime.

The military presided over thousands of murders, tortures, and kidnappings as Latin America was ravaged by Cold War violence.

In June, Rivas lost her first Federal Court case against a 2020 lower court’s ruling that she was eligible to be deported to Chile.

“In this appeal, Ms. Rivas’ submissions were directed to the assertion that she is not guilty of the offenses which are the issue of the extradition request,” said a ruling by 3 Federal Court judges, Robert Bromwich, Debra Mortimer, and Stewart Anderson.

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“The appeal is dissolved,” the judges said, finding Rivas was eligible for extradition and should also pay Chile’s costs.

Chile requested her extradition in 2018 from Sydney, where she worked as a nanny and a cleaner in the city’s Bondi area.

Rivas has stayed in Australia for three decades and was arrested while visiting Chile in 2007 but later sent to Australia while on bail.

In an interview with Australian broadcaster SBS, Rivas claimed she was innocent but defended torture in Chile at the time.

“They had to break the people; it has happened all over the world, not only in Chile,” she said.

Source-CTV News

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