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Sadly, as I don’t live in Chile anymore, I missed this news story. So it seems that ‘Papudo’ went back to Chile after all! In March, La Tercera newspaper reported that Andrés Valenzuela finally returned to Chile after 30 years in order to give testimony in several court cases relating to his time with the Joint Command. He only just left the country (according to another article in El Dínamo.) The La Tercera article states that he stayed with relatives whom he himself told me had not seen or heard from him in over 30 years. One of the several open cases that he was giving testimony for is about the death of president Michelle Bachelet’s father, Brigadier General Alberto Bachelet, who opposed the coup and consequently was tortured and killed by the Pinochet regime.
I am very sorry to read that he has leukaemia and has been living with it for 12 years. (The article notes that he was concerned about running out of his medication after staying on longer than he had planned.)
I’m glad that he was able to return and reconnect with estranged friends and relatives. Hopefully he also achieved some sort of closure with his past by giving his testimony again. I wonder if he actually made it back to his home town while he was in Chile…
I hope that his testimony proves useful and that the families of the victims now have more information about what happened to their loved ones.