A communication was sent to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
on March 22, 1978 denouncing the arbitrary detention of Robledo, in the following terms:
Daniel Palma Robledo, of Chilean nationality, identity card No. 2.309.992-6
of Santiago, residing at Obispo del Solar No. 5792.
Daniel Palma Robledo was arbitrarily detained by elements of what was formerly
the National Intelligence Bureau (DINA) at about mid-day on August 4, 1976 on Avenida Matta
between Arturo Prat and San Diego, according to the background information which I shall give
On the day and at the time indicated, Daniel Palma was driving his light blue
Renault car, model 4s, motor No. 5115950. A parking attendant saw him come out the post office
on the Avenida Matta between the streets indicated, get Into his car and go off.
The investigations in the First and Eighth Criminal Courts produced no result. The
various authorities were ordered to investigate but no clarification was forthcoming.
At the same time as the denunciations were brought before the First and
Eighth criminal Courts, the vehicle that he was driving at the moment of his detention was
reported missing to the Fourth Criminal Court, which had jurisdiction over the case since the vehicle
disappeared on the Avenida Matta between Arturo Prat and San Diego.
After the Fourth Criminal Court had heard this case, Case No. 109866, orders
were given for an investigation to which the Vehicle Search Section of the Carabineros Bureau,
among others, was assigned. In one of their investigations in March 1977, searching for another
Renault, which had also disappeared, Carabinero officials from that Section discovered not only
the vehicle they were looking for, but another one as well, also painted red. This latter turned out to
be the vehicle that he was driving at the time ha was detained. The place, garage or unit where the
two vehicles were found was under the responsility of sergeant Heriberto Acevedo Acevedo of the
Carabineros and First Corporal Manuel Jesús Leyton Robles of the Army, both under the
authority of DINA.
All this background Information was added to Case No. 109866, In which orders
were given to substantiate the crime and to determine the responsibility of the individuals in
charge of the unit where the vehicle had been found.
Those responsible for custody of the automobile, i.e., Sgt. Heriberto Acevedo
Acevedo of the Carabineros and First Corporal Manuel Jesús Robles of the Army,
together with an Army Second Corporal, brother of the above (who at that time was only visiting the place), were placed at the disposal of the Military Prosecutor. Mr. Joaquin Eribaum Thomas was named ad hoc
prosecuting attorney and Case No. 242-77 was started. The Army Second Corporal died two
days after he was detained.
The only remaining witness to what happened is Sgt. Heriberto Acevedo Acevedo
of the Carabineros. The only information on him is that he is said to be in detention, but there is
no knowledge as to where. All efforts to find him in order to talk to him and discover what happened
to the individual driving the car found in his possession have failed.
In order to continue his investigations, the Judge of the Fourth Criminal Court
officially requested that the Carabinero Sergeant be placed at his disposal. The replies were
evasive, and when an attempt was made to take this matter to the Honorable Court of Appeals, the
Military Prosecutor's office forwarded a request asking that the files on Case No. 101-866 on the rolls of
the Fourth Criminal Court be forwarded to it in order to join them to Case No. 242-77 before the
This is the point we have reached tn our search for the truth, and they are now
stonewalling on giving out any information. This topic is tabu for the military authorities and the
military judicial system.