Man Who Kidnapped Washington Olivetto Will Be Extradited to Chile

Norambuena spent 16 years in isolation in a Brazilian prison

Mônica Bergamo
São Paulo

Brazil will extradite Chilean Mauricio Hernandez Norambuena to Chile in the coming days. He has been serving a sentence in Brazil for helping to kidnap publicist Washington Olivetto in 2001.

Chile condemned Norambuena to life imprisonment for strategizing the assassination of Senator Jaime Guzmán in 1991, who was closely linked to dictator Augusto Pinochet, and for taking part in the kidnapping of Cristián Edwards, heir to the El Mercurio media conglomerate.

Mauricio Hernández Norambuena, has been serving a sentence in Brazil for helping to kidnap publicist Washington Olivetto in 2001. (São Paulo, SP, 04.02.2002. Foto: Rubens Cavallari/Folhapress. Negativo 01240.02) - Rubens Cavallari/Folhapress

A former member of the Manuel Rodríguez political front, he was arrested in Chile in the 1990s. He managed to escape a maximum-security prison by helicopter.

Years later, in Brazil, he participated in the kidnapping of Olivetto, who was held 53 days in captivity. After his arrest, Norambuena spent 16 years in isolation in the federal prison system. At the beginning of the year, he was transferred to Avaré detention in the interior of São Paulo.

The Chilean government has been requesting Norambuena's extradition since Brazil imprisoned him for the kidnapping of Olivetto.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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