Pinochet probe over missing Spanish priest

8th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 November 2006, SANTIAGO — Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is under investigation in connection with the kidnapping and disappearance of a Spanish priest over 30 yeas ago.

8 November 2006

SANTIAGO — Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is under investigation in connection with the kidnapping and disappearance of a Spanish priest over 30 yeas ago.

Antonio Llido, who belonged to a group comprised of secular and religious people, was arrested in September 1974 by agents of Pinochet's secret police, the DINA.

He was never seen again.

A court in Santiago said Pinochet is to be formally investigated about the fate of the priest

Pinochet, 90, is currently under house arrest after being charged with torture and other crimes connected with a detention centre called the Villa Grimaldi.

He also faces charges connected with the various victims of Operation Colombo, which started in 1975, and which was designed to hide the disappearance of 119 victims of the regime.

Pinochet was also charged in relation to the murder of 75 political opponents in 1973. 

He is also accused of fraud, falsification of passports,  and maintaining numerous secret bank accounts outside Chile to hide a personal fortune of USD 26 million, mostly through the Riggs Bank in the United Status.

On these charges, the defence are appealing, claiming the trial judge, Carlos Cerda, is biased.

[Copyight EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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