name is Maria Cristina Pezoa Lazo. Through this means, I testify
concerning the disappearance of my husband, Victor Manuel
Gonzalez Millones, Identity Card N. 6.564.819-9, date of birth
August 13, 1954, member of the Movement of the Revolutionary
Left (MIR), who disappeared November 10,1984 and whose whereabouts
are unknown to this day in October 2002.
is that through this network we may come across someone who
saw him or who was with him at some time. His physical characteristics
are as follows: 1.83 meters tall, black semi-wavy hair, dark
brown eyes, and heavy-set.
for him has brought us to many different places, but the focus
of the search has been the Los Patos mountain pass on the
Chile-Argentina border, accessible from the city of Putaendo,
and much of the surrounding area. I have also been to the
Argentine province of San Juan, in that same vicinity. We
have also searched for him in certain countries of Europe.
Codepu and the Corporacion Nacional de Reparacion y Reconciliacion
have supported my investigative efforts.
about the Case
25, 1973, Victor was arrested in the city of San Felipe, near
the town of Rinconada de Silva, where we lived. He was tried
by a War Council and sentenced to 11 years in prison. After
three years in the San Felipe prison, his sentence was commuted
to exile in 1975. In August 1976 we were able to travel to
Denmark, which accepted us as political refugees.
three years in Denmark, in July 1979 I returned to Chile with
my two-year-old son, with the intention of obtaining formal
permission for Victor to return to the Chile. Authorities
denied our request.
1981, Victor was able to enter Chile through "Plan Retorno."
He came back to Chile with the idea of making contact with
someone. On several occasions he went to the agreed upon point
of contact, but the person never arrived.
in Santiago and he began to work as supermarket distributor
for the Lechera del Sur dairy company. As I had worked for
this company since my return, they hired him on his word,
without looking into his background. He did change his second
last name Millones to Zamora, but retained his Identity Card
normally until October 1984 when the Court of Appeals subpoenaed
him to testify about his "illegal entry" to Chile.
Several months before, he learned that he was under surveillance.
A former Investigations police member Raul Toro informed him
of this situation. We have reason to believe that this individual
was also responsible for denouncing Victor. He attempted to
extort us through Victor's father, claiming to have the means
to "fix papers" but he never did a thing. Obviously,
we did not take him seriously, especially after the court
months, the country was shaken by a series of protests against
the dictatorship. In early November 1984, the military regime
declared state of siege. In light of this situation, Victor,
at one point, told me, "If I disappear and after three
weeks, at the most, you still have not heard from me, then
start searching every place you can, because it means that
something happened to me."
he feared, November 9 was the last time I saw him. That night
he went to see one of his brothers (Juan Gonzalez) who lived
in Rinconada de Silva. Victor told his brother that he wanted
to cross the mountains into Argentina on foot by the road
that leads to Laguna del Copin, located some 25 kilometers
from that locality. Once in Argentina, and specifically the
province of San Juan, he would ask local authorities for asylum.
His brother accompanied him up to Los Baños del Parron,
about nine kilometers from Rinconada de Silva. That day, November
10, 1984, was the last time he saw Victor. He has been disappeared
before the National Corporation for Reparation and Reconciliation
MANUEL GONZALEZ MILLONES, 30 years of age, married, employed,
disappeared on November 10, 1984 in Putaendo.
Manuel Gonzalez Millones, member of the Movement of the Revolutionary
Left (MIR), was arrested on that day by a Carabinero police
patrol in the mountainous area near the Los Patos border pass.
He has been disappeared ever since.
by his wife and verified by various court records, in 1973
a War Council sentenced Victor Manuel Gonzalez to eleven years
in prison. He was released in 1976, when his sentence was
commuted to exile. In 1981, he entered the country illegally.
In 1984 secret police learned about his situation, and began
to look for him.
1984, the Interior Ministry filed for an injunction with the
Santiago Court of Appeals for his illegal entry into the country.
In October of that year, the judge summoned him to testify,
and when he failed to appear in court, issued an arrest warrant
of Victor Manuel Gonzalez has testified that this situation
made Victor fear for his safety, and he decided to flee on
foot to Argentina, through the border pass mentioned previously.
At that place, on November 10, 1984, a Carabinero police patrol
arrested him and took his bag of belongings.
3, 1985, the Interior Ministry confirmed to the Appellate
Court judge that Victor Manuel Gonzalez was under arrest and
in the custody of the Putaendo Court, which was ordered to
present him before the Court of Appeals. The Putaendo Court
informed the Santiago Court of Appeals that Victor Manuel
Gonzales did not appear in its records of prisoners.
subsequently filed a denunciation for presumed misfortune,
which the Court dismissed without determining his whereabouts
or ascertaining what had happened to him.
of the information gathered and the investigation conducted,
particularly the Interior Ministry's knowledge of the arrest
of Victor Manuel Gonzalez Millones, the Corporation Council
reached the conviction that he disappeared after arrest by
agents of the State of Chile. For this reason, the Corporation
declares him to be a victim of human rights violations.
send any information about Victor Manuel Gonzalez to e-mail
email@example.com or telephone 56-2-2880474 (in Chile)
and mobile phone 09-8686324.
Cristina Pezoa Lazo
Santiago ,October 2002
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