United States Extradites Killer of Victor Jara

The United States has expelled the convicted killer of the renowned Chilean singer-songwriter Victor Jara. The December 1, 2023, expulsion comes more than five decades after retired Chilean army lieutenant Pedro Pablo Barrientos Núñez killed the famous singer. Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nunez, leaves the federal courthouse Monday, June 27, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. Barrientos, former lieutenant under the brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet, was convicted by a jury of torturing and killing the famed Chilean folk singer Victoor Jara. Jara was a renowned musician, theater director, teacher, member of Chile’s Communist Party, and a supporter of the administration of the democratically elected Socialist president Salvador Allende. His music has been compared to the work of Bob Dylan, and it inspired songs written by Irish band U2 and the Tucson, Arizona-based indie-folk band Calexico, who opened their 2008 album Carried to Dust with the song “ Victor Jara’s Hands .” The retired Chilean lieutenant was arrested in an operation carried out by the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents on October 5 in Deltona, Florida. He had previously been stripped of his U.S. citizenship on July 14 for lying on immigration forms. According to the press release announcing his arrest and that he was to be returned to Chile to face charges for “his involvement in torture and extrajudicial killings during the aftermath of a military coup in 1973.” Joan Jara in September 2012. Barrientos’s arrival in Chile was marked by shouts and jeers blended with the sounds of Jara’s music. Barrientos’s extradition comes just weeks after Jara’s widow, Joan Jara, passed away at the age of ninety-six. Jara’s family had demanded that the United States extradite Barrientos for years, according to Reuters. “Joan Jara had seen the sentencing of seven of those responsible [for killing her husband],” Francisco Bustos, a […]

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