During the dark years of the Pinochet regime two Columban priests and one associate priest were expelled. Worse, Chilean police broke into our house in downtown Santiago, shot dead one of our lay staff and detained Sheila Cassidy who had sought refuge there.
We, the members of the Columban faith and justice team, applaud the efforts of the international community to bring to justice a man whose hands are red with shed blood. Let his jury be the almost 3,000 Chilean men and women who disappeared, were tortured and killed during his regime. It will be a moment to remember all those who have died for their political beliefs and a signal to all assassin-dictators that they are not immune, that they are answerable to their victims and to God.
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