Juan Guzman Tapia
Juan Salvador Guzman Tapia is a retired Chilean judge who became famous internationally for being the first judge to prosecute former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on human rights charges, after Pinochet's return to Chile following more than a year of house arrest in London, in England.
Guzman was born into a Chilean diplomatic family in San Salvador, El Salvador. His father was Juan Guzman Cruchaga. Is of Basque descent. He studied Law at the University of Chile and did postgraduate studies in Paris. He began his judicial career in 1970 and was a member of the Santiago Appeals Court.
In July 2001, the charges were suspended and later dropped on health grounds. In May 2004, the Court stripped Pinochet again of his immunity from prosecution over fresh charges concerning Operation Condor. In September 2005, the Court acceded to Juan Guzman's request to strip Pinochet of his immunity concerning Operation Colombo.
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Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards
Entrevista a Juan Guzman Tapia
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