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Tuesday November 29, 2011

Judge in Chile Looking for US Navy Man Connected to 1973 Killing of Americans

Judge in Chile Looking for US Navy Man Connected to 1973 Killing of Americans

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A Chilean judge is seeking the extradition of a retired U.S. Navy officer in connection with the deaths of two other Americans here in the wake of the 1973 military coup that brought Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power, court officials said Tuesday.

U.S. free-lance journalists Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi, both supporters of Socialist President Salvador Allende, were killed by the Chilean military following the Sept. 11, 1973, putsch.

Horman’s story was depicted in the 1982 film “Missing.”

Judge Jorge Zepeda has asked Chile’s Supreme Court to authorize his request for the extradition of retired U.S. Navy Capt. Ray E. Davis, chief of the Military Group at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago at the time of the coup.

Horman and Davis happened to be in the coastal town of Viña del Mar when the coup began and the journalist accepted the captain’s offer of a ride back to Santiago on Sept. 15.

Chilean soldiers subsequently arrested Horman at his home in the capital. His wife, Joyce Horman, and father found his body several weeks later buried secretly in a Santiago cemetery.

Judge Zepeda contends Davis could have intervened with Chilean authorities to save Horman’s life, but that the captain allowed his compatriot to be killed because Washington disapproved of the journalist’s reporting on CIA operations in Chile.

Teruggi was taken from his home to Santiago’s National Stadium, which served as a makeshift detention center for the new military regime, and executed there on Sept. 21.

U.S. intelligence services were monitoring the activities of Horman, Terrugi and other Americans in Chile in the months prior to the violent ouster of Allende, who took his own life as troops stormed the presidential palace, Zepeda said in his request to the Chilean high court.

The U.S. agencies passed on information about Teruggi to the Chilean military, according to investigators here.