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ARGENTINA | 16-07-2018 16:02

Fugitive ex-Pinochet Army colonel captured in Mar del Plata

Sergio Francisco Jara Arancibia was "one of Chile's most wanted fugitives over murders committed in 1973," the Security Ministry anounced, saying the retired military leader had been arrested in Mar del Plata on the Atlantic coast.

The government has announced it has captured a former Chilean army colonel convicted of crimes against humanity during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Sergio Francisco Jara Arancibia was "one of Chile's most wanted fugitives over murders committed in 1973," the Security Ministry announced, saying the retired military leader had been arrested in Mar del Plata on the Atlantic coast.

"The detainee will be extradited to Chile," the Ministry said in a statement.

Jara Arancibia had been "on the run for more than a year" and was the subject of an international arrest warrant. He was captured through surveillance of his son's travels around various cities.

Last year, Chile's Supreme Court found Jara Arancibia guilty of the murder of a doctor and a public official opposed to the bloody regime established by the now-deceased general Pinochet between 1973 and 1990.

According to official statistics, around 3,200 people were killed or disappeared and 38,000 tortured during Pinochet's dictatorship. Despite being indicted and arrested several times for various crimes and murders, Pinochet died in December 2006 without ever having been convicted.

- TIMES/AFP

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