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|WASHINGTON - December 10 -
Horman is the widow of American Charles Horman, whose execution by Gen. Augusto Pinochet's
forces in the days after the 1973 coup was the subject of the film "Missing,"
starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Ms. Horman has continued to pursue the case
MICHAEL RATNER, email@example.com
An attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, which is representing the Horman
family, Ratner said: "This is a watershed victory for human rights and for the people
of Chile. We should now examine the role of the CIA in Pinochet's crimes. Everyone,
including world leaders, whether in the U.S. or other countries, should be held to the
same standards of law."
Isabel Letelier is the widow of Orlando Letelier, Chile's former Foreign Minister and
Ambassador to the United States. He was assassinated along with Ronni Moffitt by Chilean
secret police in 1976 when a bomb went off in their car just blocks from the White House.
Said Letelier: "General Pinochet must be held accountable for his crimes." She
is in Washington, D.C., for one week only. Interviews can be arranged through the
Institute for Policy Studies.
SAUL LANDAU, firstname.lastname@example.org
Landau is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of the book
"Assassination on Embassy Row," an investigation of the Letelier-Moffitt
murders. Landau says that the U.S. government has classified documents related to
Pinochet's participation in several international terrorist acts that it has yet to turn
over to the Spanish judge investigating the Pinochet case. Said Landau: "Now we shall
see whether or not President Clinton will reinforce his words about combating
international terrorism with deeds."
LARRY BIRNS, email@example.com
The director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Birns said: "The British Home
Secretary Jack Straw's decision takes international law into the next millennium. It also
represents a slap in the face to Chile's ruling coalition government, which put out a line
that few believed: that if Pinochet was returned to Chile he would have to stand trial
there. The whole event helped strip some ill-deserved positive PR from Chile as Latin
America's `economic miracle.' In fact, Chile has one of the most concentrated systems of
national wealth in all of Latin America, with one-third of the population living below the
poverty line. The only negative factor involved in what otherwise is good news for the
rule of law and accountability is that the U.S. State Department almost sat out the entire
debate, a fact which was noted worldwide."