Victor Jara was a writer and singer of love songs.
He was also a supporter of the Chilean president, Salvador Allende. When Allende was overthrown in a US-aided coup, Victor Jara was dragged off with thousands of others to a football stadium, where he was tortured and murdered by the victorious troops of General Pinochet.
Victor’s hands were broken before he died and his body was flung onto a street. His English wife, Joan, has campaigned ever since for justice.
A judge in Santiago has now ordered the arrest of eight named army officers on suspicion of Jara’s murder. Watch the BBC report here.
One of the suspects, Pedro Barrientos Nunez, now lives happily in the United States. An international arrest warrant has been issued. The likelihood of his extradition to face justice is lamentably small. We may need to raise our voices in protest. A Facebook campaign has started.