Chile: Soldier Who Killed Victor Jara On Trial

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After 36 years of silence, Jose Paredes, one of the soldiers who executed the theater director, poet and songwriter Victor Jara in September 1973, confessed his involvement and was arrested and brought to trial by order of Judge Juan Fuentes, who is investigating the case.

Paredes was a member of the squad that killed Victor Jara with 44 shots. Jara was arrested the day after the September 11, 1973 military coup along with 600 other students and academics from the University of the State who, disarmed, wanted to resist the military.

Detained in the Chile Stadium with thousands of other prisoners, he was repeatedly beaten and tortured. Soldiers broke his hands with rifle butts and left without food or water. Other prisoners helped him, but as a communist militant and also one of the cultural symbols of the socialist experience of Salvador Allende, his fate was already decided. Paredes and other soldiers were ordered to shoot him dead, as well as fourteen other prisoners.

The singer's body was thrown into the street and later recovered from the morgue by his widow, Joan Jara.

The first name to emerged in connection with the case of Jara was Nelson Haase, in charge of interrogations at the stadium. The judge ordered the police to determine the involvement of Haase and asked for further prosecution, seeking to identify an officer known as "The Prince", whom the prisoners described as blond, tall and having a strong voice, and who was seen beating Jara several times.

While being transferred to a high-security prison, Jose Paredes argued that he was just a conscript, obeying the order of an officer.

Joan Jara, the songwriter's widow, argued that "justice is close to the truth" and recalled that her original complaint was against Pinochet. "There are other culprits. They are the people who ordered the torture and shooting."

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