Operation Colombo: Supreme sentenced 32 former DINA agents for the disappearance of a chemical engineer

The Second Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court issued a conviction against 32 former agents of the National Directorate (DINA), for the kidnapping and disappearance of the former militant of the Revolutionary Left Movement (ME), the chemical engineer Juan Carlos Perelman.

The professional was arrested on February 20, 1975, within the framework of the so-called Operation Colombo, together with the journalist Gladys Diaz Armijo, who after a long time in Villa Grimaldi was released.

The room, made up of the ministers Haroldo Brito, Manuel Antonio Valderrama, Jorge Dahm, the alternate minister Ral Mera, and the member attorney Maria Cristina Gajardo, sentenced the agents Pedro Espinoza, Miguel Krassnoff and Raúl Iturriaga to 13 years of imprisonment in his medium degree, which confirms what was decided by the Court of Appeals of Santiago in the ruling of November 2015.

The plaintiff attorney, Nelson Caucoto, was satisfied with the ruling and indicated that it is “a severe blow to the agents of extermination, in the framework of Operation Colombo, by which the DINA tried to make believe that 119 Chileans kidnapped in Chile had disappeared abroad, the product of internal conflicts. “

Similarly, the highest court, sentenced 28 involved to 10 years and a day of imprisonment in their middle grade. Meanwhile, the particular case of Samuel Fuenzalida Devia, received a sentence of 541 days of minor prison in its medium degree.

Crimes of this magnitude cannot be forgotten or go unpunishedIn this regard, Minister Hernán Crisosto Greisse and the Supreme Court have given a new signal of progress in justice, “added Caucoto.

According to the investigation, it was established that Perelman was detained in an apartment located in Providencia on the morning of February 20, 1975.

The professional was arrested by DINA agents and transferred to the so-called “Terranova Barracks” in Villa Grimaldi. There he remained without contact with the outside, bandaged and tied.

He was interrogated and tortured in order to obtain information about the MIR and “was last seen by other detainees on an unknown day in February of 1975, without there being any antecedent that allows establishing a final destination to date, “the report said.

“Later, the name of Juan Carlos Perelman Ide appeared on a list of 119 people, published -without the corresponding corroboration- in the national press after it appeared on a list published in the magazine ‘O’DAY’ of Brazil, Of date June 25, 1975“he added.

It was later determined that said magazine only had circulation on that date. In it she realized that Perelman would have died in Argentina, along with 58 other people belonging to the MIR “because of internal quarrels aroused among the members of that Chilean political organization.”

The publications that left the named Perelman Ide for dead, victim of a homicide perpetrated by people related to his political ideology, had their origin in disinformation maneuvers planned by the DINA and carried out by agents of the same organization, abroad, “the document ruled.