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Chile Seeks Arrest of Floridian Accused in Singer’s Death

Chile’s Supreme Court today agreed to seek the extradition of a Florida resident accused of participating in the 1973 murder of folk singer Victor Jara following a military coup in the South American nation.

In a unanimous decision, the judges decided to ask U.S. to extradite Pedro Pablo Barrientos for his alleged role in killing the artist whose folk songs include “Prayer to a Worker” and “I Remember You Amanda.” 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 judiciary last month ordered the arrest of Barrientos and fellow former Chilean military officer Hugo Sanchez for their alleged role in the murder. Chilean courts in the past two years have stepped up investigations of human rights abuses carried out during the 17-year dictatorship, including a probe into the death of former President Salvador Allende.

“Given the nature of the facts being investigated, there is no doubt whatsoever that the light of international humanitarian law must be cast,” according to the Supreme Court resolution posted on the judiciary website today.

Barrientos and Sanchez couldn’t be reached for comment by Bloomberg News because their contact information wasn’t available.

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