LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) -- Bolivia's Congress said on Thursday it will
send Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon a list of Bolivians who disappeared
under the dictatorship of Chile's Augusto Pinochet in hopes of becoming a
witness against him.
"We cannot forget this issue and I believe we have taken the best course,"
Hugo Carvajal, president of the Chamber of Deputies, told reporters.
Pinochet is currently in England awaiting a decision by the country's top
court over whether or not he can be extradited to Spain, where Garzon has
accused him of torture and the murder of thousands while he ruled Chile
between 1973 and 1990.
Carvajal said the list included seven people and that he hopes the action
allow Bolivia to constitute itself as a witness in the case.
The action will not affect former dictator and current President Hugo Banzer,
Banzer seized power 28 years ago in a bloody coup and held office seven
years until 1978, when he stepped aside for free elections.
He has been consistently described in the local press as the Bolivian link
the 1970s "Condor Plan" in which Latin American dictators coordinated
anti-leftists actions. He has denied knowledge of the plan.
The 72-year-old former general won the presidency after several attempts
Carvajal said that for diplomatic reasons, the Chamber of Deputies would
send Banzer the list so that he could then send it to Spain through the
Ministry of Foreign Relations.
The list of the disappeared includes: Jorge Riios Dalenz, Ignacio Soto
Quiroga, Ramiro Carlos Gonzales, Antonio Saavedra Gonzales, Donato
Quispe Choque, Luis Buch Morales and Amelia Vera Almarza.
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