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Monday, March 21, 2011

Chile indicted retired military officers for 'Caravan of Death'
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On March 21, 2006, Chilean Judge Victor Montiglio announced the indictment of 13 retired Chilean military officers accused of participating in the Caravan of Death, ordering their arrest. The officers were accused of participating in the execution and burial of several political dissidents following former dictator Augusto Pinochet's coup in September 1973. Pinochet was eventually also charged with complicity in the Caravan, which accounted for upwards of 75 deaths across the country. However, Pinochet died without ever facing trial for the numerous allegations of human rights violations during his 17-year military rule of Chile.

Chilean coat of arms

Learn more about Augusto Pinochet and the laws governing war crimes from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary by Guest Columnist Chandra Lekha Sriram on JURIST Forum.

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