Chilean police raid bishops over sex abuse allegations

Chilean priest Oscar Munoz Toledo (C) remains at a courtroom in Rancagua, 80 km south of Santiago, Chile, on July 13, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 14 July 2018
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Chilean police raid bishops over sex abuse allegations

  • Munoz, 56, faces a 15 year prison sentence for the alleged abuse
  • The Chilean church has been hit by pedophilia scandals implicating dozens of priests

SANTIAGO: Chilean authorities on Friday seized documents and computers in raids targeting the Catholic church in the cities of Temuco and Villarrica amid a pedophilia scandal that has gripped the country, judicial sources said.
Local media reported the investigation began on June 19 following allegations of sexual abuse against five clergy members.
The operations took place after the bishops of those cities refused to hand over information requested by prosecutors.
The raids came after prominent Chilean Catholic priest Oscar Munoz, who was vice-chancellor and then chancellor in the archdiocese of Santiago, was detained Thursday over allegations that he sexually abused and raped seven children between 2002 and 2018.
Munoz, 56, faces a 15 year prison sentence for the alleged abuse, which took place from 2002 in the capital Santiago and the southern city of Rancagua.
He was placed in preventative detention on Friday.
The Chilean church has been hit by pedophilia scandals implicating dozens of priests. Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of five bishops, four of whom were accused of turning a blind eye to abuse or covering it up.


US general shot in last week’s Taliban attack

Airman 1st Class Italia Sampson closes a vehicle holding a transfer case containing the remains of Army Sgt. James A. Slape at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP)
Updated 22 October 2018
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US general shot in last week’s Taliban attack

  • Smiley was assigned in the summer to lead a Kandahar-based command with a mission to train and advise Afghan security forces

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has confirmed that US Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot in a Taliban attack that killed two Afghan leaders in Kandahar province last week.
US military spokesman Cmdr. Grant W. Neeley provided no other details. The Washington Post reported earlier Sunday that Smiley was recovering after suffering at least one gunshot wound while he was inside the Kandahar governor’s compound.
The Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials Thursday in an attack on a security conference attended by the top US military commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller. He escaped injury.
Smiley was assigned in the summer to lead a Kandahar-based command with a mission to train and advise Afghan security forces and help with counterterrorism operations in southern Afghanistan.