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Chile Lawyer Seeks Arrests in Folk Singer's Death

By Eva Vergara 
The Associated Press 
December 21, 2010

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/21/AR2010122105505.html

SANTIAGO, Chile -- A Chilean government lawyer is
seeking to arrest four retired army officers for the
killing of renowned folk singer Victor Jara during the
1973 coup.

The Interior Ministry's Human Rights Program submitted
a formal request for their detention to Judge Juan
Fuentes Belmar on Tuesday, according to an official
familiar with the case. The official spoke to The
Associated Press on condition of anonymity to avoid
influencing the magistrate's decision.

The case targets retired officers Edwin Dimter, Hugo
Sanchez and Raul Jofre, and ex-prosecutor Rolando Melo,
the official said.

Jara, a folk singer, theater director, communist and
outspoken supporter of socialist President Salvador
Allende, was detained in a stadium along with 5,000
other leftists when Gen. Augusto Pinochet took power in
a military coup on Sept. 11, 1973. Pulled from the
crowd, Jara was tortured and shot to death by the
military as a message to the rest.

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