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Chile upholds conviction for dictatorship-era murders of Americans

The murder convictions of retired Chilean general Pedro Espinoza, pictured on June 22, 2000, in Santiago, for killing Americans Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi, were upheld by a Santiago Appeals Court judgeA judge upheld the murder convictions Saturday of a retired Chilean general for killing Americans Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi in the days after the country’s 1973 military coup. The Santiago Appeals Court also confirmed the sentence of seven years in prison for retired army brigadier general Pedro Espinoza, a court statement said. Espinoza was already serving time for those and similar crimes at Punta Peuco prison, a special jail in Santiago for military staff convicted of human rights violations.

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