Former national police are calling for the resignation of General Director of “Carabineros” over his alleged assassination of a 14 year old child, Sergio Williams Albornoz Matus, during the Pinochet dictatorship of the 1980s. Chile's Carabineros are the national police force. .
If I understand the accusations correctly, Gustavo Gonzalez Jure, the nation's chief of police, allegedly killed the lad himself, then counted on the protection of his father, one General Gonzalez, who was nicknamed “El Huaso.”
El Huaso has two meanings in Chilean Spanish: 1) a typical Chilean cowboy or country person or, 2) someone uneducated or out of touch with city life. I can't help thinking of the American term,“redneck” as an equivalent. El Huaso = The Redneck
Panorama News was quoted as saying that “serious doubts existed” concerning the role of Chile's number one cop in the homicide of the 14 year old youth, which occurred during a protest against the dictator, Pinochet, on August 30 of 1988, in the commune/community of Granja. (Granja is south of Santiago. Panorama News is a project of BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation.)
Official government reports generated during the Pinochet dictatorship called Matus the victim of “political violence,” and spoke in general terms about shots being fired from various origins, one of which killed the lad.
The government ascribed the death to the bullet of an underling cop, Miguel Angel Ortiz, whose court-martial consigned him to 541 days in custody over the incident.
The Revised Testimony
Ortiz has privately confided to others that he was not the one who killed Matus. His new version notes that in the aftermath of the shooting, the generals re-arranged their the weapons to better corroborate their stories. Furthermore, they promised to take care of Ortiz “for the rest of his life” if he cooperated and took the blame. In addition, Ortiz has said that he agreed to the offer out of his loyalty to the political party.
According to the updated version, Gonzales Jure, the General Director of Guards himself killed the boy: He shot an entire clip from a Uzi into the lad, killing him immediately. This report, of course, is in in direct conflict with the institutional account. In view of ballistics reports that allegedly do not add up, Miguel Angel Ortiz's family members believe their relative has taken the rap for another person's crime. Because of this, they have requested that Matus' body be exhumed and that the government re-open the investigation.
My primary Source: http://www.pnews.cl/2011/10/09/general-director-de-cabineros-es-identificado-como-supuesto-asesino-de-nino-de-14-anos-durante-la-dictadura/
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