Chile starts investigating Pinochet era political murders

Last Updated: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:55

Santiago: Chilean authorities has started
investigating the first 100 lawsuits filed for political
murders during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

A victims` families association said more than 1,000
cases would begin to be investigated in the next five months.

Judge Mario Carrozas said received the first 100 cases
on Tuesday and that he could possibly seek help from
additional judges.

"Morally, we have a mandate to see reparations made to
victims," Alicia Lira, the head of the relatives` group, told
a news agency.

Pinochet`s 1973-1990 military regime is blamed for some
3,000 deaths and disappearances in a "dirty war" against the
left.

Pinochet died in December 2006 at a military hospital in
Santiago, at the age of 91, after evading repeated attempts to
bring him to trial.

Two weeks before his death, Pinochet took responsibility
for actions committed under his rule, but never apologized for
the suffering he caused.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:55

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