Chile - Police say they have identified officer who seriously injured photographer Victor Salas, but decline to name him



    MONTREAL, July 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders today gave a
cautious welcome to a police announcement yesterday that they have identified
the officer who attacked photographer Victor Salas. Head of the 'Carabineros'
police in Valparaiso, Gen. Jaime Vasconcellos, said that the name and rank of
the officer suspected of seriously injuring the journalist working for the
Spanish news agency EFE have been given to military justice. The
photographer's lawyer, Alfredo Morgado on 11 July asked for the investigation
to be handed over to the municipal police. Gen Vasconcellos has made no
objection to this request. Salas was left with a serious eye injury after a
mounted police officer struck him with a metal riding crop while he was
covering a demonstration in front of the Congress in Valparaiso on 21 May this
year.
    "Providing the name of a suspect is not the same thing as convicting him.
Why are the Carabineros staying silent about the identity of Victor Salas's
alleged attacker?", the worldwide press freedom organisation asked. If the
news is confirmed we hope that justice will be done promptly. We also wish
Victor Salas a speedy recovery," it added.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4188, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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