Monday, July 7, 2008

Army Tries Distancing Itself From 1974 Killing

Chile's army "absolutely repudiates" the 1974 kidnapping and homicide of an ex-army chief, current commander in chief Oscar Izurieta said July 7. His remarks were the first on the subject since a former intelligence head and others were convicted for the killing of Carlos Prats and his wife while they were in exile in Argentina. Izurieta said he knows "what I have to do" if other officers are charged. Meanwhile, the BBC tells of a controversy over new indictments against military personnel who were junior officers at the time of human-rights abuses. The officers say they were simply following orders in an ultra-disciplined military. Families of victims aren't so forgiving, though.

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