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Editor Of Opposition Magazine Indicted For Slandering Navy

June 4, 1988

VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) _ A military court indicted Fernando Paulsen, editor in chief of the opposition weekly news magazine Analisis, and one of its reporters Friday on charges of slandering the navy.

Prosecutor Miguel Munoz, a navy captain, indicted Paulsen and Ivan Badilla, the reporter who wrote the article in question, which dealt with the navy’s purchase of eight French-made helicopters and suggested it overpaid.

Both were arrested Tuesday in this port city 80 miles northwest of Santiago, the capital. If found guilty, they could receive prison sentences of up to 10 years.

Juan Pablo Cardenas, publisher of the magazine, was detained for five days last week but released without charges. A navy statement said he still was under investigation.

The Analisis article said the cost of the helicopters should have been $36 million but the navy paid $217 million.

It said there were unconfirmed reports that two reconaissance aircraft were included in the deal, and some of the money may have been spent on support gear, but that would not account for a difference of $181 million.

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