A German delegation has arrived in Chile to learn more about the ongoing investigation into Colonia Dignidad, a notorious Nazi paedophile sect founded by German immigrants in the 1960s.
Judge Mario Carroza held nearly two hours of talks with German prosecutors and representatives of the justice ministry on Monday, updating them on the Chilean probe into the sect's leaders, judicial officials said.
The visit comes as German courts are mulling an appeal filed by Dr Hartmut Hopp, a central figure in the scandal who fled Chile in 2011 after being convicted of complicity in 16 cases of child abuse.
Colonia Dignidad was a strictly-governed commune founded in 1961 by a group of German immigrants led by former Nazi medic Paul Schaefer, who had fled Germany to escape child abuse charges.
At the colony – a 13,000-hectare (32,000-acre) mountain resort located in an isolated region south of Santiago – residents were abused, tortured, indoctrinated and kept as virtual slaves for over three decades.
In 1996, Schaefer went on the run again – fleeing to Argentina to escape further abuse charges – but was caught in 2005 and jailed a year later for 20 years for abusing and torturing children and other residents.
He was also charged with collaborating with the dictatorship of general Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), whose secret police used the colony as a place to torture opponents. He died in prison in 2010, aged 88.