Chilean Court Rules U.S. Had Key Role in 1973 Killings of 2 Americans

HeadlineJul 01, 2014

In Chile, a court has ruled that U.S. military intelligence services played a “fundamental” role in the 1973 killings of two Americans in the days after Augusto Pinochet seized power in a U.S.-backed coup. The court ruling, released Monday, finds former U.S. Navy Captain Ray Davis, who was then commander of the U.S. military mission in Chile, gave Chilean officials information that led to the deaths of journalist Charles Horman and student Frank Teruggi. Davis died last year in Chile, where he lived even as a Chilean court approved his extradition, believing he was in Florida. Charles Horman’s widow Joyce Horman told the Associated Press she was “delighted” to see the case moving ahead but “outraged” that “through death and delay, a key indicted U.S. official, Captain Ray Davis, has escaped this prosecutorial process.” (Watch our interview with Joyce Horman last year around the 40th anniversary of the killings and the coup.)

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