Chile: The burning of Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Quintana: case reaches final stage
The Chilean Supreme Court is expected soon to decide on an appeal submitted on behalf of Carmen Gloria Quintana and the relatives of Rodrigo Rojas de Negri The appeals calls for the annulment of a ruling by the Military Appeals Court which upheld a 300-day suspended sentence against Captain Fernandez Dittus for unintentional homicide of Rodrigo Rojas. He was absolved from having caused serious injury to Carmen Quintana. Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Quintana were detained in Santiago on 2 July 1986, a day of protest against the policies of former military governments. Eye-witness testimonies and forensic tests indicate that they were doused in petrol and set alight. Rodrigo Rojas died shortly afterwards, while Carmen Quintana needed extensive surgery for her injuries.