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More than 40 years after my husband was killed, and almost 14 years since I initiated judicial proceedings in Chile, I am delighted that the cases of Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi are moving forward in the Chilean courts. At the same time, I remain outraged that, through death and delay, a key indicted U.S. official, Captain Ray Davis, has escaped this prosecutorial process. Judge Zepeda’s ruling both implicates and incriminates U.S. intelligence personnel as playing a dark role in the death of my husband. My hope is that the record of evidence compiled by the court sheds further light on how and why Charles was targeted, who actually ordered his murder, and what kind of information on one of its own citizens the U.S. government passed to the Chilean military who committed this heinous crime. I look forward to a final court room verdict and a verdict of history for those forces of evil who took my beloved husband from his family.
Judge Zepeda's decision represents a significant step forward in the long, complicated path to justice for my brother, Frank Teruggi Jr.. My family now anxiously awaits the next phase of this trial in which one of the two accused perpetrators of my brother's murder will be forced to answer the evidence against him. We regret that we will never have same opportunity for the second indicted perpetrator, U.S. Naval Captain Ray Davis, who died shortly after he was indicted in the case of Frank and Charlie Horman. The judge's decision makes clear, however, that U.S. intelligence personnel who aided and abetted the Chilean military after the coup remain a co-conspirator in this horrible crime.