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Former Police Chief Arrested in 'Dirty War' Case

February 19, 2004|From Reuters

MEXICO CITY — Mexico on Wednesday arrested a former police chief accused in the 1975 kidnapping and disappearance of a young revolutionary, the first arrest in an investigation of state atrocities committed three decades ago.

Miguel Nazar Haro, named by survivors as a notorious inquisitor in the so-called dirty war, was arrested while driving in Mexico City with his wife and daughter, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

Atty. Gen. Rafael Macedo de la Concha told Televisa news that Nazar, a commander of a now-defunct federal police unit, would face charges in Monterrey.

The arrest came more than two months after warrants were issued by a Monterrey court for Nazar and two other suspects in the kidnapping of Jesus Piedra in that city.

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