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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-17-08 05:05 PM
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Pinochet deputy indicted over Chile 'disappeared'
Source: Reuters

Pinochet deputy indicted over Chile 'disappeared'
17 Jul 2008 19:55:34 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Erik Lopez

SANTIAGO, July 17 (Reuters) - A Chilean judge on Thursday indicted a deputy of former dictator Augusto Pinochet and two others over the disappearance of five leftists believed murdered and hurled into the ocean from a helicopter.

They were the last people known to have disappeared at the hands of the 1973-90 dictatorship.

Magistrate Mario Carroza indicted ex-deputy army commander and junta member Santiago Sinclair, former army secret intelligence service head Hugo Prado, and actively serving Colonel Marcelo Bustos, over the disappearances.

The attorney of the families of the victims, who were kidnapped in 1987, hailed the decision, saying it recognized the responsibility of commanding officers and not just those who carried out the orders.

Read more: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N17492425.htm
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-17-08 05:27 PM
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1. They think the military is dragging its feet on this, according to the article:
Pinochet, who died in 2006, never faced a full trial for crimes committed during his 17-year dictatorship, when the government killed about 3,000 people and tortured another 28,000 -- most of them suspected leftists.

President Michelle Bachelet and her mother were among those tortured.

About 200,000 people fled into exile during the Pinochet years.

Rights groups and the relatives of the dictatorship's victims say Chile's wheels of justice are turning too slowly, and have accused the armed forces of shielding their own.

Only about 24 security officials have been convicted of crimes, nearly two decades after the dictatorship ended, while nearly 500 are under investigation.
What a shame. Hope they live long enough to go to prison.
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choie Donating Member (899 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-17-08 07:04 PM
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2. well, it gives us hope that no matter how long
it takes - we may be able to get Bush and his administration indicated for their crimes
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 05:30 AM
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3. I hope it doesn't take 18 years to convict the bushes. n/t
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