The Chilean Supreme court on Monday to France the extradition requested from a Chilean ex-guerrillero who to life, was convicted for the murder of one of the most important ideologues under the dictatorship of general Augusto Pinochet. The Supreme court “accepts the request for extradition” of judge Mario Carroza unanimously, says the court.
Ricardo Palma Salamanca (48), nicknamed ‘El Negro’, escaped in 1996 with a helicopter from the high security prison where his punishment properly finished for the assassination in 1991 of senator Jaime Guzman.
Guzman was ideologue under the dictatorship of general Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), which was associated with arbitrary arrests, torture and summary executions.
Salamanca would also Cristián Edwards del Río kidnapped, the son of the owner of the newspaper El Mercurio, which had aanleunde by the Pinochet regime.
Salamanca is a former member of the marxist guerrilla movement Frente Patriótico Manuel Rodríguez (FPMR).
After 21 years, arrested again
He was arrested on 16 February in Paris, after he’s already 21 years on the run had been. Chile had an international arrest warrant against him was issued. A few days later, Salamanca released under conditions.
His lawyer in France, Jean-Pierre Mignard, gave on 19 February on the radio station RFI that he has political asylum, went to ask for his client, who, according to him, ‘no fair trial had been given in Chile. The trial took place in the aftermath of the dictatorship, when Pinochet was still head of the Chilean army.
“I hope that him will be denied,” said the Chilean Foreign minister, Heraldo Muñoz, who was visiting in Paris. ‘This person is a crime against democracy committed. He was tried with all the guarantees of a rule of law, he was convicted, and he managed to escape.’