Chilean Court Indicts Two Men for Murder of Singer Victor Jara

A Chilean court ordered the arrest of two men, Hugo Sanchez and Pedro Barrientos, for the murder of singer Victor Jara following a military coup in the South American nation 39 years ago.

Jara was shot 44 times while being held in military custody at Chile’s national stadium in the days after Augusto Pinochet seized power on Sept. 11, 1973, the court found according to a copy of the resolution forwarded by e-mail by the press office of the Chilean judiciary today. Five more men were indicted as accomplices in the killing.

Since Barrientos is out of the country, the court ordered an international arrest warrant to be issued.

Both men are former army officers, La Tercera reported.

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