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Soldiers sentenced for murder of Chilean singer in 1973

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Almost 45 years after the murder of the famous Chilean singer Victor Jara are nine former soldiers convicted. They should for 5 to 15 years behind bars, as the court concluded.

The then 41-year-old Jara was on september 16, 1973 by soldiers, tortured and killed. Five days earlier had the army under the leadership of general Augusto Pinochet, the socialist president Salvador Allende is deposed.

Jara, a singer, composer and theatre director, was arrested and taken to a sports stadium in the capital, Santiago. During the putsch were members of the opposition there held. According to prisoners who have survived, verbrijzelden soldiers the fingers of Jara, so he never could play guitar. He was then executed.

After the fall of Pinochet, was the sports stadium to Jara is named after it.

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