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Report: Chilean 'Disappeared' Dumped Into Ocean

At least 400 Chileans who “disappeared” under ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet’s bloody rule were dumped into the ocean strapped to pieces of railroad track to make them sink, according to new court testimonies published Sunday in Chilean newspaper La Nacion. The paper cited 12 retired helicopter mechanics who, breaking decades of silence, recounted macabre details of the operation to Judge Juan Guzman, who is investigating charges of human rights abuses under Pinochet’s 1973-1990 rule. La Nacion’s report was based on leaks of confidential testimonies provided to Guzman and his team of detectives. The mechanics, who all admitted to participating in some of the body-dumping flights over the Pacific Ocean between 1974 and 1978, said the scheme was planned and carried out by the Army Aviation Command in conjunction with Pinochet’s secret police, DINA, as a way of hiding evidence of massive human rights violations. Full Story

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