Chile top court upholds probation in 1985 killing of 3 men

November 23, 2016 GMT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s Supreme Court is upholding a decision to grant probation to a police officer jailed for the 1985 killings of three Communist Party activists during the country’s military dictatorship.

The justices on Wednesday ratified an appeals court ruling granting conditional freedom to Guillermo Gonzalez. He had served over 20 years in prison.

The victims were artist Santiago Nattino, teacher Manuel Guerrero and sociologist Jose Manuel Parada, a sociologist. They were kidnapped and found near the Santiago airport with their throats slashed.

Gonzalez was part of a group of police officers in a secret unit that attacked those suspected of opposing Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-90 dictatorship.

The unit was disbanded after the officers were implicated in the killings. They were discharged from the police force.