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Dec. 1, 2004 at 5:26 AM

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A Chilean extremist leader arrested in Argentina has requested asylum to avoid facing murder charges at home, La Tercera newspaper reported Wednesday.

Sergio Galvarino Apablaza Guerra -- head of the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front -- was arrested just outside of Buenos Aires earlier this week and could be shipped home to face the Chilean courts.

However extradition proceedings could take several months, according to Chilean officials.

Guerra, otherwise known as Commander Salvador, is wanted in connection with the 1990 assassination of Jaime Guzman, head of the Independent Democratic Union.

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