Chile: Generals Guilty, Trafficked Arms To Croatia

Published January 20, 2012 4:36PM (EST)

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Two retired generals in Chile have been found guilty of illegal weapons sales to Croatia in violation of a U.N. embargo.

The Supreme Court sentenced Hector Letelier Skinner and Vicente Rodriguez Bustos to three years each. Eight others also were convicted. All are allowed to serve their terms at home.

Chile sent 36 boxes of weapons and ammunition to Budapest 20 years ago, smuggled in as humanitarian aid just as the Balkan Wars were turning to genocide. The case also was linked to the death of Army Col. Gerardo Huber, thrown from a bridge after informing dictator Augusto Pinochet of the wrongdoing. His killers have never been determined.

Pinochet was under house arrest in the weapons scheme and for rights violations when he died in 2006.

By Salon Staff

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