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  • Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet reviews troops as he enters La Moneda Palace in the capital Santiago

    Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet reviews troops as he enters La Moneda Palace in the capital Santiago | Photo: Reuters

Published 22 July 2015

Former Chilean military officials have been arrested over their alleged involvement in the 1986 killing of U.S. resident Rodrigo Rojas.

Seven former military officials were arrested Tuesday in connection with the 1986 killing of a 19-year-old U.S. resident during a protest against the military dictatorship then in power.

The arrests come as part of a larger investigation into war crimes carried out by the during the 17-year right-wing dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

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Rodrigo Rojas was allegedly set on fire by members of three military patrol units. The officers were arrested after chilean judge Mario Carroza issued warrants for their involvement in the killing as well as the burning of 18-year-old Carmen Quintana.

"These people are going to be questioned and we're going to look for information that allows us to determine whether they were involved in some way. What do know is that they were all there at the time of (the crime)," Carroza said.

In 2013, the case was reopened after a human rights organization filed a criminal complaint in Chile on behalf of Mr. Rojas's family.

Under Pinochet's 17-year rule, over 36,000 people were tortured and at least 3,200 killed or disappeared, according to official figures.

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