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CHILEAN JUDGE DIES

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Judge Jose Canovas, who challenged the former military regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet with his investigation of a triple political murder, died late Friday, his family said. He was 78.

Canovas had been hospitalized for two weeks and was being treated for heart ailments, according to the family.The judge gained international prominence in 1985 when, after a four-month investigation, he indicted several police officers in the throat-slashing assassination of three members of the then-banned Communist Party.

His action triggered a political crisis for the Pinochet regime.