Chile charges 3 more in Victor Jara murder
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Chile charges 3 more in Victor Jara murder

Chile is charging three more people in the murder of folk singer Victor Jara during the country’s 1973 coup.

A judge in Santiago charged former police officers Hernán Chacón Soto and Patricio Vásquez Donoso with taking part in the killing. He also charged civilian Ramon Melo Silva as an accomplice.

They join a list of eight former army officers who were charged last year in the killing of the communist singer and songwriter.

Jara’s widow Joan Jara hailed the decision at a press conference Wednesday, saying it marks a milestone in the murder investigation.

Jara was swept up with thousands of other supporters of Socialist President Salvador Allende during the military coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

The government estimates 3,095 were killed during Pinochet’s 1973-1990 dictatorship.

Associated Press