Report on Pinochet Era

Sent to Chile's President

SANTIAGO, Chile -- A government commission on political imprisonment and torture, which interviewed more than 30,000 victims to chronicle for the first time the systematic abuses during Augusto Pinochet's 1973-90 dictatorship, delivered its massive report to President Ricardo Lagos on Wednesday.

Lagos said he would not make the report public until he had studied it. He is then expected to recommend reparations to torture victims in an acknowledgment of their suffering.

"How many countries have dared to take a deep look into their history?" Lagos said of the report. "How many countries have dared to get to the bottom of what happened? Chile dares. It is a solid and stable country that is able to do it."


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-- From News Services