The center and the Chadbourne & Parke law firm filed the civil suit on behalf of Jaras widow, his daughter Amanda Jara Turner, and his step-daughter Manuela Bunster. Attempts to reach Barrientos were unsuccessful. One of his two listed phone numbers has been disconnected; another is out of service.
Last year, he denied any involvement and told Chilevisión TV: I do not need to face justice because I have not killed anyone.
Barrientos, 64, was served notice of the civil suit Wednesday evening when he opened the door of his home, according to the Jara family legal team.
Now a U.S. citizen, he has been working in the auto parts business and has lived in the United States since 1989, said Bernabeu.
Property records show that he bought his two-bedroom fixer-upper in a distress sale for $24,900 in April 2012. Previously he had lived in the communities of Winter Springs, Longwood and Altamonte Springs.
The civil complaint against Barrientos includes claims of torture, extrajudicial killing, crimes against humanity, arbitrary detention, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. It seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
But Bernabeu said the case isnt as much about money as it is about justice for Jara and perhaps providing an impetus for the murder case in Chile.
Victors pursuit of democracy and human rights remains an inspiration to people around the world and his memory is ever present as we mark the 40th anniversary of the military coup and Victors murder, said Joan Jara in a statement.
Jara was one of the most popular proponents of nueva canción, a movement that mixed traditional Latin American folk music with revolutionary themes. His song Venceremos (We shall overcome) was widely used at Allende rallies.
But to the military, Jara was a communist, a dangerous voice who was too close to Allende and needed to be silenced.
According to the complaint, Jara was in the physical custody of Barrientos and the soldiers under his command when he was held at an underground locker room at the stadium.
For decades the sequence of events at the stadium was murky. Jara was hastily buried in secret after a civil servant, who recognized his body at the morgue, summoned his wife to identify him. Joan Jara, a British dancer, and her daughters then fled to her homeland. Now all are Chilean citizens.
Jaras body was exhumed in 2009 and that helped the investigation. It showed he had been shot in the head and later riddled with shots. There were at least 40 bullet wounds in his body.
But the investigation really advanced when conscripts, rather than just high-ranking military officers, were interviewed, said Bernabeu. The conscripts dont have the same silence code or loyalty as the officers, she said. What we didnt have before was information about who was directly involved.
The testimony of the conscripts helped build the case against Barrientos, she said.
For the case to go forward in Chile, Barrientos would have to be extradited. Chiles Supreme Court has already signed off on extradition, but the foreign ministry needs to issue the request and that hasnt happened.
Bernabeu said with the Chilean presidential election approaching, the government may not be highly motivated to move on requesting extradition.