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Jaime Pardo Leal was the presidential candidate of the Unión Targets and Victims / 25 Patriótica in the 1986 elections. At that moment, the entire movement was being targeted by paramilitaries. 5 percent of the vote. But even that showing was too much of a threat. On October 11, 1987, Pardo Leal was shot by a fourteen-year-old sicario with connections to the drug trade and its paramilitary wing. Bernardo Jaramillo, who took over the leadership of the UP after the murder of Pardo Leal, moved to distance the party from the FARC.

Differing degrees of lingering impunity have created a continuum from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Colombia, through Mexico and Brazil, and on to Chile and Argentina. The chapter also examines the impact of human rights groups, campaigns, and the evolution of international law. To conclude, the chapter explores the prospects for continued use of political murder, while putting it in a global context. Finally, readers will find an appendix that breaks with the thematic structure of the book and provides a country-by-country overview.

36 Generals, Diplomats, Judges, and Lawyers Even members of the established regime can fall prey to murderous conspiracies if they seem inclined to allow, or heaven forbid, work for change. The Chilean professional military man, Carlos Prats González, is a prime example. Graduating at the top of his class at the Chilean Military Academy, Prats was commissioned an officer in the artillery in 1935. He moved up steadily, teaching at the Academy and serving as an adjunct military attaché to the United States and as military attaché to Argentina.

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