Soldier involved in the death of Víctor Jara commits suicide at his home | News

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The 86-year-old retired general Hernán Chacón Soto, who the day before had received a 25-year prison sentence for the murder and kidnapping of singer-songwriter Víctor Jara and Littré Quiroga, committed suicide on Tuesday, local authorities reported.


Chilean ex-military officers sentenced for the murder of Víctor Jara

According to preliminary information, the agents of the Human Rights Brigade of the Chilean Investigation Police (PDI) were going to his home in Las Condes, in order to take him into custody.

The soldier was to enter to serve the 25-year sentence against him, which was handed down yesterday by the Supreme Court.

The deceased had been a brigadier of the Chilean Army, and had an active part during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

According to the account of his defense, Chacón Soto only fulfilled the function of guarding the external perimeter of the Chile Stadium, functions that, for the court, are not consistent with his high degree, since at the time of the facts he was older than Army.

Although the local press reports that during the events that led to the death of the singer-songwriter, Chacón Soto had tactical and intelligence knowledge, "which allowed him to intervene directly in the development of the interrogations –carried out in the dressing rooms of the Chile Stadium– as well as as in the previous process of classifying the detainees".

The brigadier was one of the seven accused for the death of the Chilean singer-songwriter.

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