WESTERN HEMISPHERE BRIEF - CHILE: THE CHILEAN GOVERNMENT IS HOLDING MILITARY T

Created: 4/3/1974

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HEMISPHERE BRIEF ITEMSAVE BEEN COORDINATED!

HILE1 THE CHILEAN GOVERNMENT IS HOLDING MILITARY TRIALS OF ALLEGED LEFTIST MILITANTS* BUT TRIALS FOR HIGH-RANKING ALLENDE REGIME OFFICIALS AND OTHER PROMINENT LEFTISTS ARE PROBABLY SEVERAL MONTHS OFF.*

j//SEVENTY MEMBERS OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE REVOLUTIONARY LEFT WERE TRIED LAST WEEK ON UNANNOUNCED CHARGES* ELEVEN WERE ACOUITTCD ANDERE CONVICTED BUT RELEASED BECAUSC THEIR CONFINEMENTEOUALED THEIR SENTENCES* THE REMAINING DEFENDANTS RECEIVED SENTENCES RANGING FROM SEVERAL MONTHS TOEARS.^

//THE TRIALS WERE OPEN TO FAMILIES OF THE ACCUSED AND TO THE PRESS* BUT THE ACCUSED APPARENTLY WERE GIVENIMITEDTOEFENSE* ONE COURT-APPOINTED CIVILIAN ATTORNEY FOR OVER ZQ OF THE DEFENDANTS WAS GIVEN ONE DAY TO STUDY THEIR CASES./J

//OTHER TRIALS APPARENTLY ARE UNDER NAY IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THE GOVERNMENT IS STILL PREPARING ITS CASE AGAINST THE ALLENDE OFFICIALS AND OTHER LEFTIST LEADERS IMPRISONED ON DAMSON ISLAND.

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