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Arrests ordered from Mexico's 1974 `dirty war'


A federal judge has ordered the arrest of several men who served in Mexico's long-disbanded secret police force who are suspected of killing a guerrilla leader in 1974.

The special prosecutor's office investigating decades-old crimes of Mexico's "dirty war" announced the arrest orders. The case involves the death of Jose Ignacio Olivares Torres, who was a leader of the Sept. 23 Communist League, one of the more prominent of the radical groups fighting the state in the 1970s.

The agency said that Olivares was killed by elements of the Federal Security Directorate, a notorious force that battled suspected leftists.

Jose Luis Olivares, a brother of the slain man, said the family had filed a complaint with the special prosecutor in 2003 against Luis de la Barreda, director of the Directorate from 1970 to 1977, who is also sought in other "dirty war" cases. He said De la Barreda had signed documents, found in government archives, referring to his brother's arrest and interrogation.

Olivares was arrested in northern Mexico in 1974 and was later brought to Mexico City for more questioning.

His severely beaten body was discovered on Feb. 2, 1974, on a street in the west-central city of Guadalajara.

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