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Former Beatle part of Pinochet 'torture soundtrack'

Prisoners captured under the rule of Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet were subjected to a "torture soundtrack" of songs by Julio Iglesias and former Beatle George Harrison, it has emerged.

The solo material of former Beatle George Harrison (above) was used as part of a "torture soundtrack" under Chilean dictator, Pinochet. Credit: PA

Loud music played during a torture session was part of the psychological suffering endured by prisoners held in Pinochet's notorious torture houses, concentration camps and prisons.

Harrison's My Sweet Lord, [the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's film A Clockwork Orange, and songs by Spanish crooner Iglesias were played for days at a time, former prisoners told researchers.

Dr Katia Chornik, a researcher from University of Manchester investigated the use of music on prisoner's in Pinochet's regime.

Thatcher 'recognised Pinochet's capacity to govern' says son

Baroness Thatcher (right) visits General Pinochet (centre) when he was under house arrest. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The son of Augusto Pinochet said the former Chilean dictator had a very good relationship with Margaret Thatcher because “she recognised his capacity to govern”.

According to Chilean newspaper La Tercera, Augusto Pinochet Hiriart said: “I think Thatcher recognised my father’s capacity to govern and that’s what made them have a very good relationship.”