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SuccessorNational Information Center (Chile)
FormationNovember 1973
The secret police of Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

The Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (National Intelligence Directorate) or DINA was the secret police of Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The DINA has been referred to as "Pinochet's Gestapo".[1] Established in November 1973 as a Chilean Army intelligence unit headed by Colonel Manuel Contreras and vice-director Raúl Iturriaga, the DINA was then separated from the army and made an independent administrative unit in June 1974 under the auspices of Decree 521. The DINA existed until 1977, after which it was renamed the Central Nacional de Informaciones (English: National Information Center) or CNI.

In 2008, the Chilean Army presented a list of 1,097 DINA agents to Judge Alejandro Solís.[2]


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  1. Article Manuel Contreras, el jefe de la Gestapo de Pinochet in Spanish online newspaper El Pais on 8 August 2015, retrieved on 8 August 2015
  2. Article Piden desafuero de diputado Rosauro Martínez por asesinato de tres miembros del MIR en 1981 in Chilean online newspaper El Mostrador on 23 May 2013, retrieved on 23 May 2013

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