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Judge orders 129 'dirty war' arrests

September 02, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Chilean judge ordered the arrests of 129 former security officers in the disappearance of leftists and the slaying of the Communist Party leadership during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

It was among the largest numbers of arrests ever ordered in an investigation of human rights abuses during the "dirty war" waged during Gen. Pinochet's 1973-'90 regime.

Judge Victor Montiglio said the 129 were members of the army, air force and uniformed police who worked for the DINA secret police agency, which has been accused of many of the political killings and other rights violations of the Pinochet era.

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