The events took place on July 2, 1986, against the backdrop of the national strike against the Pinochet military regime. A military patrol stopped two young men who tried to set up a checkpoint. The soldiers sprayed them with fuel and set them on fire while they were alive. They were dumped in a suburb of Santiago.
The atrocities in Chile are known as “Caso Quemados”. 18-year-old student Carmen Gloria Quintana survived severe burns, unlike 19-year-old photographer Rodrigo Rojas de Negri. He died four days later from his wounds.
After 38 years, the Supreme Court on Friday sentenced army officers Pedro Fernandez Ditos, Julio Castaner Gonzalez, Iván Figueroa Canobra, and Nelson Medina Galvez to 20 years in prison for the murder of Rojas de Negri and the attempted murder of Carmen Gloria Quintana.
Carmen Gloria Quintana said that the ruling “puts an end to a long and arduous trial, in which we had to refute the official thesis of the dictator, who said that young people burned themselves because they were carrying incendiary devices under their clothes.” Lawyer Nelson Kakuto on local radio.
The Caso Quemados case is one of the most emblematic cases of the final years of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), who was responsible for more than 3,200 deaths and missing persons.
“Creator. Award-winning problem solver. Music evangelist. Incurable introvert.”