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Colonia Dignidad victims file US$120 million lawsuit against Chile

By Laina Roberts, Santiago Times, 29.01. 2013

Victim’s defense council is demanding more compensation from the Chilean and German governments after lengthy trial.

Six former leaders of the Colonia Dignidad, an infamous torture ring in southern Chile, were sentenced to prison by Chile’s Supreme Court Monday, but the case, which prosecuted Chilean and German citizens for crimes committed in the 1990s, is not over yet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chile cult leader Schefer dies in Chile prison

Paul Schaefer, file pic

Paul Schaefer, a former Nazi corporal, established the colony in 1961

Paul Schaefer, a former Nazi corporal and founder of a cult-like community in Chile, has died in prison aged 88.

He was in jail serving a 20-year sentence for sexually abusing children at the Colonia Dignidad, some during Chile’s military dictatorship.

The former Baptist preacher established the colony in southern Chile in 1961, after fleeing Germany to escape separate child abuse charges.

He had close ties to Chile’s elite during Gen Augusto Pinochet’s rule.

Schaefer denied allowing Chile’s secret police to use the enclave as a centre for torturing left-wing dissidents in the 1970s and 1980s.

Full story:  BBC

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Gobernador del Bío Bío designado por Piñera ayudó a lavar dinero de la Colonia Dignidad

Por Jorge Molina Sanhueza   elmostrador.cl El gobernador de la provincia del Bío Bío José Miguel Steigmeier, designado recientemente por el Presidente Sebastián Piñera, tiene un historial que lo liga a una operación de lavado de dinero en un paraíso fiscal del Caribe, misma que le permitió al líder de la Colonia Dignidad, Paul Schafer, huir de la acción de la justicia y esconderse por varios años en Argentina, donde finalmente fue detenido en 2005.

Steigmeier colaboró activamente en este blanqueo de capitales comprando terrenos  y participando de las sociedades creadas por el enclave alemán a principios de los 90’, luego que el ex Mandatario Patricio Aylwin le revocara la personalidad jurídica.

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