NID - CHILE: DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LETELIER CASE

Created: 9/6/1991

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CHILE: Developmenls in LetclierCase

Chile's reecni efforts lo resolve6 murder of former Foreign Minister Letelicr reportedly is causing increased concern on the pan of the alleged perpetrators. The government encouraged the Letelicr familyormal complaint charging Manuel Contreras and Pedro Espinoza, two former senior Army intelligence officers under US indicimem. with ihe murder; the filing has extended the statute of limitations beyond the September deadline.

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addition. Aylwin haseputable prosecuting judge loriminal investigationorged passports case tied to the murders.

Comment; Contreras probably knows that using violence would funher implicate him and invite more aggressive legal action, but he may well use harassment and ihreats. Both officers probably realize thai, even if ihey arc indicted. Ihe proceedings will be protracted and may be stymiedupreme Cour still dominated by Pinochet loyalists, whom Contreras might iry to influence with new threats to implicate Pinochet in the murder. I

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