The murder of popular folk singer Victor Jara in the wake of Chile's Sept. 11, 1973, military coup became front-page news again Friday with a judge's decision to indict 8 retired army officers for the crime.

Jara's killing remains a powerful symbol of the atrocities committed by Chile's 1973-1990 military regime, which is blamed for more than 3,000 deaths and some 25,000 documented instances of torture.

Judge Miguel Vazquez originally said he planned to charge two people with killing the singer and five others as accomplices, but he ended up adding another name to the indictment.

Jara, a musician, actor, theater director and cultural icon, was a prominent supporter of Socialist President Salvador Allende, who took his own life during the Sept. 11 putsch.

The singer was arrested the day after the coup at the State Technical University - now the University of Santiago - along with numerous students and instructors and taken to Chile stadium, where roughly 5,000 Allende sympathizers were being held.

Not long after his arrival at the stadium, Jara was taken into an underground passageway together with about a dozen other prisoners.

He was never seen alive again.

Jara's body was found a few days later and the coroner's office turned the remains over to his wife, British-born dancer Joan Turner, who buried her husband in a Santiago cemetery.

"He had 44 bullet wounds, burns and other injuries," Turner later wrote.

One of the former military men accused of killing Jara, Pedro Barrientos Nuñez, now lives in the United States and Judge Vazquez issued an international warrant for his arrest.

Chile stadium was renamed for Victor Jara in 2003. EFE