Chile judge orders arrest of retired army general
SANTIAGO (Reuters) -- A judge in Chile ordered on Thursday the arrest
of a retired army general for questioning about the deaths of leftist youths in
Judge Hugo Dolmesch asked for the arrest of Alvaro Corbalan, a former
head of the CNI intelligence agency during the 1973-1990 military regime of
former dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Dolmesch is investigating the so-called "Albania Operation," in which CNI
agents killed 12 members of the former armed leftist guerrilla group Frente
Patriotico Manuel Rodriguez (FPMR).
Dolmesch also asked for the army to turn in for questioning ex-CNI agent
Police have arrested seven former CNI agents for questioning about the
At least 3,000 people were killed or disappeared in witch hunts against
leftist sympathisers during Pinochet's rule, which began with a bloody coup.
Some 52,000 went into exile and thousands were tortured.
Pinochet, 83, is in London waiting under police guard for British Home
Secretary Jack Straw to decide whether he should be extradited to Spain
for prosecution on charges of torture, genocide and murder.
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