SANTIAGO, Chile – A Chilean judge has decided not to charge the father of one presidential candidate with the torture and murder of her rival's father in 1974.
Judge Mario Carroza's decision Monday is the second time in a year that he has declined to charge Gen. Fernando Matthei for the torture that led to Gen. Alberto Bachelet's death.
Human rights groups say they will appeal the decision.
The retired general's daughter Evelyn Matthei is running for the center-right coalition against the victim's daughter, former President Michelle Bachelet. The presidential vote is Nov. 17.
Both families have said that the elder Matthei had no direct involvement in the death of Gen. Alberto Bachelet, who was convicted by dictator Augusto Pinochet's military of being a traitor for not joining a 1973 coup.