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Latino Daily News

Tuesday July 6, 2010

Catholic Church in Chile plea for Prisioner Pardons

With the 200th anniversary of Chile’s independence approaching, the Roman Catholic Church is asking for prisoner pardons for people convicted of crimes against humanity and civil right activists.  Many of these prisoners are convicted of crimes that occurred during Gen Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. The church is asking for specific consideration for those older than 70 and for women who are mothers as well as those with terminal diseases.
During the Pinochet regime, official records show that 3,065 opponents were killed and 1200 more disappeared. There are currently approximately 150 military personnel in prison for crimes against humanity.

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