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Communication 1864 (Chile)

1864, of July 24, 1974, refers to the arrest and disappearance of Mr. Gustavo Ruz Sañarte, a Chilean citizen; the Swedish Diplomatic Delegation requested the Commission to take up this case.

The Commission decided to transmit that case to the Government of Chile, through a special note.

After reaching this decision, the CIDH compiled information from individuals and entities on the legal status of Mr. Gustavo Ruz Sañarte, who was allegedly being held in a place called La Colina. The inquiries would lead one to conclude that the individual in question has disappeared.

The Commission examined this case at its thirty-fifth session (May 1975) and decided the following: to transmit to the Government of Chile, in a request for information, the pertinent parts of the denunciation, explaining that the denunciation in question was not transmitted at the appropriate time for reason beyond the control of the CIDH.Pursuant to this decision, a note was sent to the Government of Chile on August 6, 1975. In a letter dated September 10, 1975, the claimants were informed of the measures taken with regard to the denunciation.

During the thirty-sixth session (October 1975) the Commission continued its examination of the case; but in view the fact that the request for information filed on August 6 was still in course, it decided to postpone examination of the case until the next session.

The Government of Chile, through a note dated November 18, 1975 (No 21514), replied to the request file on August 6 by reporting that Mr. Ruz Sañarte was free by virtue of Exempt Decree No 1562 of the Ministry of the Interior. Receipt was acknowledged on December, 1975. The claimant was provided the information submitted by the Chilean Government through a letter of December 9,1975.

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