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SANTIAGO — Some Chileans are upset that two people who collaborated with Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship and an alleged leftist assassin can now get $256 a month in compensation as victims of torture.

Human rights leader Lorena Pizarro wants Luz Arce and Miguel Estay Reyno removed from the list for collaborating with Gen. Pinochet after being tortured.

Chile’s Independent Democratic Union is upset that former guerrilla leader Galvarino Apablaza Guerra can get compensation. He was tortured in 1973 and is now wanted in Chile on charges of ordering the 1991 assassination of right-wing party founder Sen. Jaime Guzman.

Commission President Maria Luisa Sepulveda said anything a torture survivor may have done later is beyond the scope of her commission.


Journalist flees after clash with president

QUITO — An Ecuadorean journalist accused of libeling President Rafael Correa has fled the country.

Emilio Palacios issued a letter from Miami over the weekend, saying he feared for his safety because of new pressures from what he called “the dictatorship.”

The alleged pressures include a new criminal charge for referring to a state television journalist as a fascist. Mr. Palacios said that “one would have to be blind not to understand that they want me behind bars.”

In July, a court sentenced Mr. Palacios and three executives of the newspaper Universal to three years in prison and $42 million in fines for libeling the president. They are appealing.

Mr. Correa denies trying to quash freedom of the press, saying he is only demanding fair reporting.


American kidnapped from home in capital

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The head of Haiti’s anti-kidnapping unit said Monday that an American has been kidnapped from his home in the capital.

Francois Dossous said the U.S. citizen was seized by men posing as employees of a package delivery service. The victim was identified as Frank Jean-Baptiste. He is married to the director of a prestigious private school for the children of diplomats and wealthy Haitians.

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