SANTIAGO, Chile — The Chilean army on Friday arrested 25 soldiers, including three officers, pending an investigation into the burning of a 19-year-old Chilean-born permanent resident of Washington, D.C., and a Chilean teen-age girl during a general strike here two weeks ago.
The three officers, five noncommissioned officers and 17 conscripts were being held pending an investigation by a civilian judge appointed to study the July 2 burnings, Brig. Gen. Carlos Ojeda, the military governor of Santiago, announced.
Rodrigo Rojas, the 19-year-old, who lived in the U.S. capital with his mother, a Chilean political exile, died of severe burns. The teen-age girl, Carmen Quintana, 18, is still hospitalized here, undergoing skin graft operations in an attempt to save her life.
"Investigations carried out by the army have revealed that an army patrol stopped a group of people who were handling inflammable liquid, among them Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Quintana," Ojeda said at a news conference.