A judge has ordered the arrest of eight retired Chilean police and military officials in connection with the 1985 disappearance and kidnapping of Boris Weisfeiler, a Pennsylvania State University mathematician who disappeared while hiking in Chile during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The New York Times reports that Judge Jorge Zepeda said in his order that members of a police patrol arrested Mr. Weisfeiler in an area near the Chilean border with Argentina during the first week of January 1985. The judge said the officers then covered up the arrest by claiming that Mr. Weisfeiler, who was 43 at the time, had drowned. The judge’s order did not include murder charges or address the details of the professor’s presumed death, according to the Times.

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 22, 2012

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