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Court Voids Death Sentences of Three Rebels

December 11, 1986

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ A military court said Thursday there had been a procedural error in the trial of three rebels convicted of killing an army general in 1983, and voided the death sentences against them.

The Santiago Military Court said trial judge Samuel Rojas had erred by sentencing the three before all legal procedures in the case were completed. Specifically, it said a request still was pending by defense lawyer Alfonso Insunza to transfer the case to a civilian court.

The review court also voided the prison sentences given two women convicted as accomplices in the assassination, and returned the case to Rojas, an army general.

Rojas convicted Jorge Palma Donoso, Hugo Marchant Moya and Carlos Araneda of killing Gen. Carols Urzua, the governor of Santiago province, and two military bodyguards. Gunmen ambushed Urzua’s car near his suburban home in August 1983 as he rode to his downtown office.

The defentants were identified as members of the Leftist Revolutionary Movement, a small group fighting the 13-year-old military regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

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