MundoAndino Home : Chile Guide at Mundo Andino

Caso Degollados

The Caso Degollados was a politically motivated crime and political scandal that took place in Chile.

Events of the case

On March 30, 1985 three Communist Party members were savagely murdered. The bodies of Santiago Nattino, Manuel Guerrero and Jose Manuel Parada were discovered near Santiago's airport, their throats slashed. Nattino, a painter and supporter of the AGECH teachers' union, had been kidnapped on March 28, while AGECH leader Guerrero, and Parada, a Vicaria de la Solidaridad staff member, were abducted on March 29.

The brutal triple murder, which came to be known as Caso Degollados, evoked widespread indignation and compelled the Supreme Court to appoint Judge Jose Canovas Robles as special prosecutor to investigate the crime.

Only four months later, the investigation carried out by Judge Canovas led to the arrest of two colonels, one major, two captains and two non-commissioned officers of the national police force (carabineros). The after effects of this case provoked, on August 2, 1985, the resignation of General Cesar Mendoza, Director General of the Carabineros and Member of Government Junta since the military coup of September 11, 1973 as well as the dissolution of DICOMCAR, an agency of the Carabineros that had allegedly carried out the kidnappings and assassinations. In its 1985 special report, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights stated that it hoped that the case now under way will lead to the identification and punishment of the persons responsible for the execution of so culpable an act.

Eventually six members of the police secret service were indicted and sentenced to life for the murder.

See also

Chilean political scandals

Chile under Pinochet

Didn't find what you were looking for.
Need more information for your travel research or homework?
Ask your questions at the forum about 1985 in Chile or help others to find answers.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Caso Degollados

Disclaimer - Privacy Policy - 2009