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Chile judge refuses to extradite 10 convicted in France

A Chilean judge refused to extradite ten Chileans convicted in absentia in France for the torture and disappearance of four French nationals during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, in a ruling seen Monday. "It is Chilean courts that are responsible for trying and prosecuting the lawbreakers for which extradition is requested," Judge Rosa Maria Maggi said in her ruling, emphasizing that the events "were situated within the territory of our country."

79 Pinochet agents charged in Chile in communists' deaths

A Chilean judge has charged 79 former intelligence agents with the disappearance and death of eight Communist Party activists during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, the judicial branch said Tuesday. Among those charged is the former head of the National Intelligence Directorate, Manuel Contreras, who already is serving several life sentences for crimes against humanity.

Paraguay removes 22 military commanders

Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes launched a dramatic overhaul of the military replacing 22 commanders, including his army chief, officials said Wednesday. General Miguel Angel Christ Jacob was replaced by General Jorge Francisco Ramirez Gomez, state news agency IP said. There was no explanation given for the president's moves. But Cartes insisted there was no sacking or intrigue at play. "No one has been removed. Removed is a word that is off-base," he told reporters. "Everything has been done under normal circumstances. And I am proud of the Armed Forces."

Chilean presidential hopeful speaks of 'Dirty War' torture

Chilean presidential hopeful Michelle Bachelet revealed Tuesday she was personally interrogated by the former head of the country's reviled secret police during the brutal reign of military dictator Augusto Pinochet. Socialist candidate Bachelet, a former president who is regarded as the favorite to win November 17 presidential elections, said she had been grilled by Manuel Contreras after being taken to the notorious Villa Grimaldi torture center following her arrest in 1974.

Chile's Pinera criticized for move to close luxury jail

Chile's president came under fire from his own supporters Friday after ordering the closure of a special prison for former military officers convicted of human rights abuses under dictator Augusto Pinochet. President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday called for the transfer of 10 retired military officers out of Penal Cordillera, where they are serving time in the facility known for its preferential conditions.

Chile to move ex-Pinochet agents to no-frills jail

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday ordered shut a prison where 10 former agents of dictator Augusto Pinochet are serving sentences for human rights violations, a move that came amid public anger over their relative comfortable conditions. The inmates, including Manuel Contreras, former chief of Pinochet's notorious DINA secret police, will be moved from the Penitenciario Cordillera in Santiago to a jail where other former military officers and collaborators of the dictatorship are being held.

Chile ex-army chief in child torture probe

A Chilean judge ordered a probe Monday into allegations that a former army commander was responsible for the abduction and torture of three children during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. At the time of the alleged torture in 1973, the children were aged one, three and 12. The defendant, Juan Emilio Cheyre, was then a lieutenant in the army but he later served as army commander in chief, from 2002 to 2006.

Chile marks 40th anniversary of Pinochet coup

Chile marked the 40th anniversary Wednesday of a coup that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, amid violent protests and a call for reconciliation by the president. In a sign of persistent divisions in the South American country, unrest erupted overnight in and around the capital Santiago ahead of commemorations marking the September 11, 1973, overthrow of then-president Salvador Allende. At least 68 demonstrators -- who torched cars and barricades -- were arrested, police said.

Saul Landau, known for Castro documentary, dies

Washington, Sep 11 (EFE).- Writer and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Saul Landau has died of cancer at his home in California, his family said Wednesday. He was 77. Latin America was the subject of many of Landau's more than 40 films, including 1968's "Fidel," based on a week-long Jeep trip around Cuba with Fidel Castro. Among other topics addressed by Landau in his films were the 1970-1973 government of Chilean President Salvador Allende and the 1994 Zapatista uprising in Mexico.

Nixon, Kissinger on the Chile coup

The following is a selection of comments made by former US president Richard Nixon and his then national security adviser Henry Kissinger that reveal Washington's role in the 1973 overthrow of Chilean president Salvador Allende: -- 1970 -- Kissinger to CIA director Richard Helms (after Allende's election): "We will not let Chile go down the drain." -- 1971 --
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