By Louise Hidalgo, BBC World Service, 21.09.11

Exactly 35 years ago, an audacious assassination occurred just a stone’s throw from the White House. Orlando Letelier, a former Chilean government minister, was murdered when his car exploded in Washington DC’s embassy district.

Letelier was foreign minister in the cabinet of Chile’s first Socialist president, Salvador Allende. But when the government was overthrown in Augusto Pinochet’s military coup in 1973, Letelier was one of the first to be arrested.

He spent a year as a prisoner in various concentration camps, including the infamous Dawson Island, until diplomatic pressure from Venezuela prompted his release.

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