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Chilean parliamentarian charged with killing left-wing militants

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

A member of Chile’s parliament has been charged with the killing of three left-wing militants during the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet.

Rosauro Martinez was an army captain at the time of the incident in 1981.

He led a patrol in southern Chile in search of members of the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR), which sought to overthrow the Pinochet regime.
By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Rosauro Martinez, a member of Chile’s parliament has been charged with the killing of three left-wing militants during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

Martinez was an army captain and at the time of the incident in 1981. He led a patrol in southern Chile in search of members of the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR), which sought to overthrow the Pinochet regime.
A gun battle followed in which at least 11 people died, but the exact details of what happened remain a mystery.

Martinez says he followed army protocol, but some former conscripts who were with him at the time say he used excessive brutality. The 64-year-old member of the conservative National Renewal party has been a Congressman since the early 1990s, when General Pinochet relinquished power and Chile returned to democracy. He was stripped of his parliamentary immunity in June and was arrested on Thursday – the 41st anniversary of the coup that launched General Pinochet’s 17-year rule.

Some 3,200 people were killed and 38,000 others tortured during General Pinochet’s rule, according to the Chilean government.

(Source: BBC World)

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