"I don't think Pinochet will stand trial in Chile"
Juan Guzman Tapia retired from the magistracy in May 2005. During his career, he prepared hundreds of cases against ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet filed by families of disappeared persons in Chile. On a visit to Paris to promote his autobiography "Aboard the World," he spoke to IJT.
What was the worst pressure you were ever placed under when preparing the Pinochet cases?
When I indicted Pinochet for the first time on 1 December 2000. Horacio Rojas, the cabinet chief working for the justice minister Antonio Gomez was the first person to call me to say with astounding audacity: "Mr Guzman, you must drop the charges, you know very well that they go against the interests of the state." I replied: "Tell the person who sent you that his request is worthy of an authoritarian government." But I cannot tell you who was really behind the call.