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Chile court OK's extradition in 1976 car bombing in US

  • FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2003 file photo, Armando Fernandez Larios, a former Chilean army lieutenant, leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Miami, Fla.. Chile’s Supreme Court has approved an extradition request to the United States of two former secret police agents wanted for the 1976 killing of U.S. citizen Ronni Moffitt in a car bombing in Washington, D.C. that also killed the country's former ambassador Orlando Letelier. The court on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, agreed to the extradition of U.S. citizen Michael Townley and Fernandez Larios. They served under Gen. Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2003 file photo, Armando Fernandez Larios, a former Chilean army lieutenant, leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Miami, Fla.. Chile’s Supreme Court has approved an extradition request to the United States of two former secret police agents wanted for the 1976 killing of U.S. citizen Ronni Moffitt in a car bombing in Washington, D.C. that also killed the country's former ambassador Orlando Letelier. The court on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, agreed to the extradition of U.S. citizen Michael Townley and Fernandez Larios. They served under Gen. Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 1975 file photo, Orlando Letelier, a former Chilean ambassador to the U.S. is seen in Washington. Chile's Supreme Court ruled Dec. 5, 2016, the government can file an extradition request to the United States for two former secret police agents wanted for a 1976 car bombing in Washington that killed the former Chilean ambassador and U.S. citizen Ronni Moffitt. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this April 1975 file photo, Orlando Letelier, a former Chilean ambassador to the U.S. is seen in Washington. Chile's Supreme Court ruled Dec. 5, 2016, the government can file an extradition request to the United States for two former secret police agents wanted for a 1976 car bombing in Washington that killed the former Chilean ambassador and U.S. citizen Ronni Moffitt. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 10, 1978 file photo, Michael Townley, a material witness in the 1976 assassination of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier, arrives at a U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. Chile’s Supreme Court has approved an extradition request to the United States of two former secret police agents wanted for the 1976 killing of U.S. citizen Ronni Moffitt in a car bombing in Washington, D.C. that also killed the country's former ambassador Orlando Letelier. The court on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, agreed to the extradition of Townley and Chilean Armando Fernandez Larios. They served under Gen. Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)

    FILE - In this April 10, 1978 file photo, Michael Townley, a material witness in the 1976 assassination of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier, arrives at a U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. Chile’s Supreme Court has approved an extradition request to the United States of two former secret police agents wanted for the 1976 killing of U.S. citizen Ronni Moffitt in a car bombing in Washington, D.C. that also killed the country's former ambassador Orlando Letelier. The court on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, agreed to the extradition of Townley and Chilean Armando Fernandez Larios. They served under Gen. Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)  (The Associated Press)

Chile's Supreme Court has ruled the government can file an extradition request to the United States for two former secret police agents wanted for a 1976 car bombing in Washington that killed a former Chilean ambassador and a U.S. citizen.

In a unanimous decision, the court said Monday that the Foreign Ministry should begin the procedures needed to seek the extradition of U.S. citizen Michael Townley and Chilean Armando Fernandez Larios. They served under Gen. Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship.

The decision comes after a request by Chilean Judge Mario Carroza who specializes in human rights crimes.

The attack killed former envoy Orlando Letelier and U.S. citizen Ronni Moffitt. Moffitt's husband was an aide to Letelier and was also in the car but survived the bombing on Sept. 21, 1976.