Battling Bachelet calls for Pinochet probe in Chile

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Battling Bachelet calls for Pinochet probe in Chile

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Chilean opposition leader and former president Michelle Bachelet has called for a full investigation into human rights abuses committed during General Pinochet’s dictatorship.

Bachelet took part in a remembrance ceremony at Villa Grimaldi – the site of a former detention and torture centre where both she and her mother were held.

As the 40th anniversary of the military coup that brought Pinochet to power approaches, President Sebastien Pinera has also spoken out about the past.

“Truth and justice are needed for peace and reconciliation. That’s why we should continue to pursue real truth and justice. Those who have relevant information have a moral obligation to reveal it,” Pinera said during an event at the Presidential Palace.

More than 3,000 people are believed to have been killed during Pinochet’s rule. Opinion polls say Bachelet is the front-runner in her bid to return to power in November’s Presidential election