Prosecutor calls for Pinochet allies to face trial

31st January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 30, 2007 (AFP) - A French prosecutor requested Tuesday that 15 military allies of late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet be brought to trial over the disappearance of four French citizens in the 1970s, a judicial source said.

PARIS, Jan 30, 2007 (AFP) - A French prosecutor requested Tuesday that 15 military allies of late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet be brought to trial over the disappearance of four French citizens in the 1970s, a judicial source said.

An investigating judge was expected to confirm the prosecutor's decision in the coming weeks, clearing the way for the first ever trial of members of a regime blamed for an estimated 3,000 deaths between 1973 and 1990.

International warrants were issued in 2001 and 2005 for the arrest of 19 people, including Pinochet and senior members of his regime, over the disappearance of the four Frenchmen in Chile between 1973 and 1975.

Those targeted by the warrants included Manuel Contreras, founder of Pinochet's secret police, and Paul Schaefer, who founded Colonia Dignidad, a sect and camp for political prisoners.

They were wanted for illegal "arrests, abduction and detention accompanied by acts of torture" or complicity in those crimes.

The case against Pinochet was formally closed following his death on December 10.

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