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Chilean General Sentenced in Italy Political Attack

June 25, 1995| Reuters

ROME — An Italian court Friday sentenced to jail for 20 years a retired Chilean general found guilty of organizing a 1975 attempt on the life of an exiled politician in Rome, judicial sources said.

Manuel Contreras, who ran the now disbanded DINA secret police from 1974 to 1977, was convicted in his absence of plotting the attack on Bernardo Leighton, a former minister and leader of Chile's Christian Democratic party.

Leighton and his wife Ana Fresno were seriously wounded when gunmen fired on them as they left their Rome home in October, 1975.

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