CHILE: Lawless Charades

The trials dragged on for 3½ months with the pretense of being fair and objective proceedings. Foreign observers, including former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, were allowed into the courtroom, and all 65 defendants were permitted to have counsel. So anxious —at least outwardly—was Chile's eleven-month-old junta to demonstrate its system of justice that there was speculation that Supreme Head of State Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, an army general, would let the political prisoners off with relatively light sentences. Not so. Last week four of the men were condemned to death, two to...

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