A Spanish judge has indicted seven former members of the Chilean secret police for their alleged role in the kidnapping and murder of a Spanish diplomat during Chile’s military rule.
The judge also ordered international arrest warrants for the seven accused.
UN diplomat Carmelo Soria was working in Chile when he was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1976.
He is one of about 3,000 people to have been killed during Gen Augusto Pinochet’s rule from 1973 to 1990.
Judge Pablo Ruz charged six Chileans and one US citizen, all of whom worked for Gen Augusto Pinochet’s secret police force, with genocide, murder and kidnapping.
‘Drugged and strangled’
Those charged include Juan Contreras, the former director of the secret police, Dina. Contreras is currently serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity in Chile.
Also indicted was US citizen Michael Townley. Townley worked for the Dina in Chile, from where he was extradited to the United States in 1978.
He confessed to and was sentenced for his involvement in the 1976 murder of the Chilean ambassador to the US, Orlando Letelier, and his assistant.
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