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Chilean Judge Charges Ex-US Military Officer
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Chilean Judge Charges Ex-US Military Officer
by The Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile November 29, 2011, 01:59 pm ET

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) A Chilean judge investigating abuses during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet has charged a former U.S. military officer in the 1973 killing of two Americans and is seeking his extradition, court officials said Tuesday.

Former U.S. Navy Capt. Ray E. Davis has been charged with murder in the killings of journalist Charles Horman and U.S. student Frank Teruggi, a court statement said. Also charged with murder was a retired Chilean army brigadier, Pedro Espinoza Bravo.

The killing of Horman was the focus of the 1982 film "Missing."

Judge Jorge Zepeda, who is investigating human rights violations during Pinochet's 1973-1990 rule, asked the Supreme Court to authorize an extradition request so that Davis may be tried in Chile, the court said in its statement.


Charles Horman, wife Joyce.

Charles Horman was a 30-year-old American free-lance journalist in Chile during the 1973 coup. He had inadvertently been given sensitive information about U.S. involvement in the coup while chatting with a U.S. Navy engineer, which could have led to his secret arrest and execution. The efforts of his family to find him were met with foot-dragging or worse at the U.S. embassy in Santiago. In 1982 the movie Missing, directed by Costa-Gavras and starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek, was released by Universal, based on a book by Thomas Houser. Nathaniel Davis, U.S. ambassador to Chile from 1971-73, filed a $150 million libel suit against the studio, even though he wasn't directly named in the movie. The book, however, uses real names throughout and is even more convincing than this excellent movie. Nathaniel Davis is now a professor of humanities at Harvey Mudd College, one of the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California. Charles Horman, on the other hand, is still dead.

Document, U.S. Department of State

Frank Teruggi

Frank Teruggi, Jr. (19421973) was an American journalist who became one of the victims of the American-backed General Augusto Pinochet's military shortly after the September 11, 1973 Pinochet coup d'etat against Socialist President Salvador Allende.

Arrest and Death
In September 1973, days after coup d'tat, Frank Teruggi, in the same way as Charles Horman, was seized by Chilean military and taken to the National Stadium in Santiago, which had been turned into an ad hoc concentration camp, where prisoners were interrogated, tortured and executed.

In the film Missing by Costa-Gavras Teruggi is depicted as a friend of Charles Horman and contributor for a small newspaper who had spoken with several US operatives that assisted the Chilean military government. The film alleges that Horman's discovery of US complicity in the coup led to his secret arrest, disappearance, and execution.

American complicity in the Chilean coup was later confirmed in documents declassified during the Clinton administration.The declassified documents mention Terrugi as one of the Chilean military executions and initially US embassy officials in Santiago released the false information that he had returned to the United States. His body was later found in a Chilean morgue among the "unidentified bodies" of the victims of the regime. <3>
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