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Priest charged over Pinochet deaths


A Chilean prison chaplain has been charged with covering up the deaths of 28 dissidents killed or "disappeared" during the rule of former President Augusto Pinochet.

The BBC reports that it's the first time a Catholic priest has been charged over abuses committed during Gen Pinochet's dictatorship.

Fr Luis Jorquera is accused of covering up the deaths of 28 dissidents. His whereabouts are not known.

A local newspaper said he denied accusations he was involved in the operation that was known as the Caravan of Death.

More than 3000 people were killed or "disappeared" during military rule in Chile between 1973 and 1990.


SOURCE
Chile priest charged over deaths (BBC News, 2/9/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Chile military coup 1973 (Wikipedia)

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3 Sep 2007