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Chile’s Supreme Court named a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture of children and other human rights abuses at a secretive colony of German immigrants in the Andean foothills 250 miles south of Santiago. West Germany, which says it has evidence that settlers are mistreated and virtually imprisoned by colony leaders, has been pressing for more than a year for an investigation of the settlement, founded in 1961 by Paul Schaeffer, a former German army nurse. Schaeffer was forced to flee his homeland after being accused of child abuse at a home he ran there.


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