Friday, April 29, 2011

Chilean assassin gets assassinated

Author Elbert Hubbard allegedly once said “men are not punished for their sins, but by them.” That was certainly the case with assassinated assassin Enrique Arancibia Clavel.

Police in Buenos Aires found the corpse of Arancibia Clavel with at least fifteen stab wounds throughout his lifeless body. Argentine national news agency Telam cited “several sources” that claimed that his death was not recent in part because the blood around his wounds was dry.

At the time of his death, Arancibia Clavel ran a local taxi service but he was also a former Chilean secret agent punished of the murders of Carlos Prats and his wife. Prats, who served as the head of the Chilean army under President Salvador Allende, was killed in a 1974 car bombing while exiled in Argentina. His death came roughly thirteen months since Allende was depose in a coup by Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

In 2004, Arancibia Clavel was sentenced to twelve years in prison over the Prats incident though he had been on conditional release since 2007. The 66-year-old was also convicted that year of torturing a pair of Chilean refugees who fled the Pinochet dictatorship.

At the time of Arancibia Clavel’s conviction in 2000, Prats’ daughters failed in seeking the extradition of the now-deceased Pinochet to Argentina. Last month they filed a $15 million dollar lawsuit against the Chilean government as well as former Pinochet-era spy chief Manuel Contreras who was sentenced last year for his role in the Prats car bombing.

Prats’ family has publicly declined to comment on Arancibia Clavel death aside from stating that they were “impacted” by his murder. Though Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter noted that Arancibia Clavel committed a "shocking crime" he also said that he was "moved" by his death.

One Chilean victims’ rights leader, meanwhile, lamented that he died without serving time in a Chilean prison:
(Lorena Pizarro, president of the Families of the Disappeared group) said that what most impacted her was that Arancibia Clavel “died in impunity” and that “governments…have been negligent and permitted impunity, which is very serious.”
Image- EFE via Pagina 12 (Arancibia Clavel enjoyed conditional freedom despite his dual convictions.”)
Online Sources- Europa Press, El Tiempo, BBC News,, Terra Chile, La Tercera,

1 comment:

Mexfiles said...

If I was conspiracy minded, I might wonder if a bunch of hit men aren't about to come to a premature demise, now that Orlando Bosch has died, and there's a need to "clean up" the past.