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Weekly Report - 07 February 2019 (WR-19-05)

CHILE: A landmark decision

“An unprecedented moment in Chile’s history.” This was the response of former president Ricardo Lagos (2000-2006) to the recent decision by local judge Alejandro Madrid to convict six people of the 1982 murder of former president Eduardo Frei Montalva (1964-1970). An historic ruling in the highest profile murder case which dates back to the dictatorship led by former General Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), the decision comes as efforts to address impunity relating to the Pinochet era continue to attract a mixed response under the right-of-centre Chile Vamos coalition government led by President Sebastián Piñera.

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