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Thursday, June 17, 1999 Published at 00:32 GMT 01:32 UK

World: Americas

Publishers of Chile corruption book arrested

The two publishers were arrested in the Chilean capital Santiago

Police in Chile have arrested two publishers of a book attacking alleged corruption in the Chilean justice system.

The two men, Bartolo Ortiz and Carlos Orellana, were arrested at the offices of the Planeta publishing house in Santiago, early on Wednesday.

All copies of the book, "The Black Book of Chilean Justice", by the Chilean journalist Alejandra Matus, were seized by the authorities soon after its publication in April.

The BBC's James Reynolds: Author has fled the country
Former Chief Justice Servando Jordan sued on the day the book came out.

The police seized 1,000 copies of the book, but some were sold. It has since been circulating in photocopied versions.

Wednesday's arrests are part of an investigation into whether the book contravenes Chile's internal security law.

Matus described her 342-page work as a journalistic investigation of alleged cases of abuse of power, corruption, influence peddling and nepotism by a number of judges, Jordan among them.

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