• Short Summary

    A SPECIAL MAGISTRATE IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SOON IN THE CHILEAN TOWN OF PARRAL, 225 MILES (350 KLMS) SOUTH OF SANTIAGO, TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL PERVERSION, CONCEALMENT OF PERSONS AND THE USE OF FORCE TO RESTRICT SOME MEMBERS OF A WEST GERMAN COLONY, KNOWN AS "DIGNIDAD", NEAR PARRAL.

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    THE COLONY; PICTURE OF SCHAEFFER PICTURE OF SCHMIDT, PICTURE OF MULLER; SCENES IN THE COLONY SHOWING MEMBERS GOING ABOUT THEIR WORK.




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    EDITORS: THIS REPLACES DOPE AND COMMENTARY FOR 3826/66 SENT YESTERDAY.

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    Background: A SPECIAL MAGISTRATE IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SOON IN THE CHILEAN TOWN OF PARRAL, 225 MILES (350 KLMS) SOUTH OF SANTIAGO, TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL PERVERSION, CONCEALMENT OF PERSONS AND THE USE OF FORCE TO RESTRICT SOME MEMBERS OF A WEST GERMAN COLONY, KNOWN AS "DIGNIDAD", NEAR PARRAL. THE ALLEGATIONS WERE MADE BY A MEMBER OF THE COLONY, WOLFGANG MULLER -- WHO WAS HIMSELF LATER CHARGED WITH SODOMY AND CORRUPTING MINORS. THE COLONY'S "TEMPORAL" DIRECTOR, HERMANN SCHMIDT, WAS ARRESTED BUT HAS NOW BEEN RELEASED. THE "SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR", PAUL SCHAEFFER, HAS FLED.

    THE DIGNIDAD COLONY COVERS 2,000 ACRES AND IS SITUATED NOT FAR FROM THE ARGENTINE BORDER. IT WAS FORMED BY 250 IMMIGRANTS FROM WEST GERMANY. THE 20-YEAR-OLD MULLER WENT TO THE POLICE AND COMPLAINED THAT TORTURE AND PERVERTED SEXUAL PRACTICES WERE TURNING THE COLONY INTO A "CONCENTRATION CAMP". FIVE MEMBERS OF THE COLONY, INCLUDING SCHMIDT, WERE ARRESTED BUT LATER RELEASED. THE POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR SCHAEFFER.

    MULLER WAS HIMSELF ARRESTED AND CHARGED AFTER A LOCAL MAGISTRATE HAD HEARD TESTIMONY FROM OTHER YOUTHS IN THE COLONY. MEANWHILE, CHILEAN POLICE, IN CO-OPERATION WITH INTERPOL -- THE INTERNATIONAL POLICE ORGANISATION -- ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE THE COLONY AND A REPORT HAS ALREADY GONE TO PRESIDENT EDUARDO FREI OF CHILE. THREE BODIES IN THE COLONY'S PRIVATE CEMETERY ARE EXPECTED TO BE EXHUMED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9MH6OTP31GN0U4YHEOBZCJP1Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA9MH6OTP31GN0U4YHEOBZCJP1Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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