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    Thursday, June 05, 2008

    New probe into Victor Jara murder

    Victor Jara
    Judge Juan Eduardo Fuentes said he would examine 40 new pieces of evidence provided by the singer's family.

    Mr Jara was killed in 1973 at the Stadium of Chile in Santiago, in the early days of former military ruler Gen Augusto Pinochet's government.

    His widow, Joan Jara, said his murder had become an international symbol in the fight against human rights abuses.

    She added that the re-opening of the case "opens the way to continue investigating and searching for the truth".

    Tortured and killed

    Mr Jara was among thousands of people who were arrested and taken to the Chile Stadium in Santiago soon after Gen Pinochet took power, following a military coup on 11 September, 1973.

    Once there, soldiers broke and burned his hands so that he was unable to play his guitar, witnesses say. He was then shot and killed.

    The 38-year-old singer was one of the founding fathers of Chile's New Song movement and a supporter of President Salvador Allende, who was overthrown in the coup.

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