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Judge Seeks to Question Kissinger About Abuses

April 18, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon wants to question former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about crimes committed during the military dictatorships in South American countries in the 1970s and '80s.

Garzon, who has been investigating rights abuses during Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, has filed a request with British authorities to allow him to question Kissinger when he arrives for a convention, said Juan Garces, a lawyer in the Pinochet probe.

Garces said Garzon wants to question Kissinger about his alleged involvement in Operation Condor, a concerted plot by former military dictatorships in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to persecute and eliminate opponents.

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