Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Chile News

Two stories from Chile: more on the case of retired colonel Mario Manriquez. A judge has declared him 'responsible' for the death of folk singer Victor Jara as he was the commanding officer at the time, but Manriquez did not personally pull the trigger. Human rights groups are protesting at the closure of the case.
At the present time, "the judicial system is very productive, although the results of that activity are not always what we would hope for," Mireya Garcia, head of the Association of Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared (AFDD), told IPS.
Chile: Courts Active in Human Rights Cases, but Results Mixed (IPS)

Also, the most wanted Nazi war criminal thought to be still alive, Dr Aribert Heim, may be in Chile, reports Reuters. This has been suspected for some time, partly since his daughter lives there. If he is still alive - which his family denies - he is 93.
Heim, nicknamed "Dr Death" for killing hundreds of inmates at Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria with injections of gasoline or poison direct to the heart, has been on the run for 46 years since evading German police in 1962 prior to a planned prosecution.
Nazi "Dr Death" Heim may be in Chile's Patagonia (Reuters)

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