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Communist Leader Arrested on Charges of Defaming Pinochet

October 29, 1996

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ Gladys Marin, Chile’s top Communist Party leader, was arrested today on charges of defaming former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Marin was picked by plainclothes police as she rode to her party’s downtown headquarters.

Police said Marin would be brought before Judge Ana Gajardo, who ordered her arrest after the army accused her of defaming Pinochet by asserting he was personally reponsible for the deaths of thousands of dissidents during his 1973-1990 rule.

Pinochet, 80, seized power in a bloody 1973 coup. He remained commander-in-chief of the army after stepping down from power in 1990.

An investigative panel appointed by the civilian government that succeeded Pinochet determined that 2,095 people were killed for political reasons and 1,102 disappeared after being arrested by his security forces and are also believed to be dead.

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