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Germany nabs alleged Chile guerrilla group member

January 27, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — A French woman suspected of being a member of a now-defunct left-wing guerrilla group in Chile has been arrested in Germany.

Marie Emmanuelle Verhoeven was captured while trying to board a flight from Hamburg to Dubai late Saturday.

A police statement says the 54-year-old has been wanted since 1996 on an international arrest warrant for murder, forming a terrorist organization and grievous bodily harm resulting in death.

Verhoeven allegedly was a member of the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front set up in the 1980s to fight the 1973-90 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

A German security official familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Monday that Verhoeven was traveling on a valid French passport.

He spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to publicly divulge the information.

Chile’s Interior and Security Minister, Andres Chadwick, said Monday that Verhoeven’s arrest is positive for the South American government.

Speaking in Santiago, he said Verhoeven, who is also known as “Commander Ana,” is linked to the 1991 killing of Jaime Guzman, leader of the conservative Chilean party Independent Democratic Union. The Chilean judge in charge of the case will likely request her extradition, Chadwick said.

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