INTRODUCTION: A member of the banned left-wing revolutionary group, M.I.R., has been jailed for life in Santiago, after being found guilty of the murder of a secret policeman and other crimes.
1. GV Military building in Santiago. 0.03
2. GV Guards at entrance to building PAN TO guards at another gate. 0.16
3. GV Security guards on foot and motorcycles. (3 SHOTS) 0.35
4. SV Guards at door. 0.38
5. SV & GV Army officials arrive. (2 SHOTS) 0.44
6. GVs Prosecuting lawyer arrives. 0.50
7. GV Defence lawyer arrives ZOOM TO mother and other members of Morales's family. 1.11
8. CU Morales's mother. 1.33
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: SANTIAGO, CHILE
INTRODUCTION: A member of the banned left-wing revolutionary group, M.I.R., has been jailed for life in Santiago, after being found guilty of the murder of a secret policeman and other crimes. He's Guillermo Rodriguez Morales, accused of murdering Carlos Tapia Barraza, who worked for the National Information Centre, Chile's political police, in June.
SYNOPSIS: The trial was conducted by a Council of War, a war-time court which had jurisdiction because of the state of emergency which has been in force in Chile since the military government of President Pinochet came to power in 1973.
The court was under heavy security because the government was concerned that M.I.R. gunmen might have tried to rescue their colleague. Rodriguez was tired by a group of military officers from different sections of the army although his defence lawyer tried to have the charges heard in another court.
However, the authorities ruled that Rodriguez would not get a more sympathetic hearing in another court and the Council of War went ahead.
He was accused of murdering the government official, robbing him, possessing explosives and forging an official document. The murder happened in June at a time of increasing political violence in Chile, much of it carried out by the Revolutionary Group of which Rodriguez was a member. He was found guilty on all counts and his sentence of life imprisonment has been confirmed by judicial authorities in Santiago.
Outside the court was Rodriguez' mother who'd sat through the entire trial. Under Chilean law, acts of political violence are not publicised but the trials are in the hope they act as a deterrent. Despite that, security at this trial was such that journalists were searched and not allowed to take cameras or tape-recorders inside.
Source: REUTERS - RAUL CUEVAS