In Chile, according to the Reuters news agency, police are investigating the possible murder of at least twenty-five people whose bodies were found in an abandoned lime kiln at the disused Lonquen mine, thirty-five kilometres (25miles) south of the capital, Santiago.
GV police car carrying examining Judge Adolfo Banados of Chilean Appeals Court arrives at scene and driving toward mine (TWO SHOTS)
SV police stop newsmen following car
GV police surrounding mine area. ZOOM INTO police searching bushed and turning journalists away (TWO SHOTS)
GV cars carrying Banados and police leaving mine area
SV Journalists around car as Banados makes statement (TWO SHOTS)
SV police car carrying Banados leaves
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Background: In Chile, according to the Reuters news agency, police are investigating the possible murder of at least twenty-five people whose bodies were found in an abandoned lime kiln at the disused Lonquen mine, thirty-five kilometres (25miles) south of the capital, Santiago.
SYNOPSIS: An examining Judge, Adolfo Banados of the Chilean Appeals Court, arrives at the scene to look at the bodes. He said later he would consider the case as murder, and would interview the families of hundreds of Chileans who had disappeared since the military took power in Chile five years ago.
Police threw a strong security cordon around the area, and firmly kept journalists and television crews well away from the areas they were searching. Judge Banados told news-men there were at least fourteen bodies, but refused to answer any other questions. The bodies were found after a man thought to be a former secret agent had tola a priest of their existence. The Catholic Church began an inquiry, and investigators found cartridge cases and bullet marks on walls at the kiln.
A complaint from church authorities reportedly set the Appeal Court of Chile into action. Medical experts estimated the badly-composed bodies had been in the kiln for about three years.
After Judge Banados's statement on the potential range of interviews, the authorities were anticipating a protracted investigation.