Retired Chilean Air Force officer commits suicide after indictment for dictatorship crimes

Carlos Alberto Rey Cortes, a retired Chilean Air Force officer, committed suicide this morning prior to his arrest by the Chilean investigation police department. According to Chilean news sources, the suicide occured around 7.00am when Rey requested time to shower before being transferred to prison. A photo published in BioBio Chile depicts the bathroom window of Rey’s apartment marked by a bullet hole.

Rey, 71, was indicted on October 11 2017 for the murder of Arturo Díaz Jiménez. Díaz was shot in the chest by an Air Force patrol in front of his house on January 1, 1974 around 2.30am. The murder was described by Chilean human rights organisations as an unnecessary demonstration of force by dictatorship agents.

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