Argentine judge probes Chile ex-police in bomb case
Judge Maria Servini told journalists she had quizzed Cristof Willique and
Callejas, both ex-agents of Pinochet's feared DINA secret police, about the killing
of former Chilean military chief Carlos Prats and his wife.
Servini, who is investigating the case for an Argentine court, traveled
to the Chilean
capital to question the pair.
Prats was Pinochet's predecessor as armed forces head in Chile and opposed
1973 coup that brought Pinochet, now 85, to power. He went into exile after the
coup and died when a bomb planted under his car exploded in a Buenos Aires
Willique cooperated with judge Servini, while Callejas chose not to respond
questions, a right authorized by both Chilean and Argentine law, Servini told
"I will study in Argentina all the declarations made and then decide if
proceedings will be brought against both or just one," the judge said.
Chile's supreme court last month rejected a request by Servini to quiz
himself about his possible links with the murder. His secret police force has since
In July this year, Chile's Appeals Court ruled that the ex-general was
to face trial in a test case in which he was charged with covering up 75 murders
and abductions by an army death squad in Chile in 1973.
Legal experts at the time said that ruling means Pinochet, who suffers
dementia, is now unlikely ever to face trial for rights abuses committed during his
17 years in power.
Copyright 2001 Reuters.