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Chavez Orders Probe of Coup-Related Killings

April 24, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered an inquiry into the killings of more than 40 people before and during the military coup that briefly ousted him and said that those responsible must be punished.

In a letter to Atty. Gen. Isaias Rodriguez dated Monday, Chavez said he was willing to cooperate fully with the investigation, which has been loudly demanded by opponents who blame him and his supporters for some of the deaths.

The official inquiry would cover the killings of at least a dozen people by gunmen during an anti-Chavez protest march in the capital, Caracas, on April 11.

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