Killing of American in Chile reenacted
SANTIAGO, Chile - (AP) -- Chilean authorities on Tuesday reenacted
the killing of a U.S. filmmaker whose execution shortly after Gen. Augusto
bloody 1973 coup became the basis of the film Missing.
Reporters were kept at distance, but the firing of blanks was
clearly heard coming from the dressing-room area at Santiago's national
where Charles Horman was said to have been killed and the reenactment took place.
The reconstruction was led by Chilean Judge Juan Guzmán,
who has sought unsuccessfully to try Pinochet on human rights charges.
It was part of his
investigation of Horman's case.
Sergio Corvalán, a lawyer for Horman's widow, Joyce, called the procedure ``extremely important for the investigation.''
''Witnesses were able to provide key information on what happened
at the stadium, the questioning and torture systems, the internal organization,''
Among the witnesses was Adam Schecsh, now an academic at the
University of Wisconsin, who also was detained at the stadium shortly after
seized power on Sept. 11, 1973.
Schecsh would only say that his return to the stadium was an
emotional moment. Schecsh and his wife were detained in the stadium for
beginning Sept. 14, 1973, Corvalán said.
The stadium was used as a detention camp after Pinochet toppled
Marxist President Salvador Allende. According to an official report by
government that succeeded Pinochet, hundreds were detained and tortured there. At least 48 were executed, including Horman and other foreigners.
The Horman case was the subject of the 1982 Costa-Gavras film Missing starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek.
Guzmán last year was authorized by the Supreme Court to
submit a questionnaire to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and
other retired U.S.
officials as part of his inquest.