Posted by: Lister | October 3, 2007

Can he see clearly now that Che has gone?

Cubans treat the man who killed Che Guevara. I would have liked to know if Teran had any regrets, but the article doesn’t say.

Mario Teran, a Bolivian army sergeant, shot dead Che Guevara after he was captured in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands.

Cuban media reported news of the surgery ahead of the 40th anniversary of Che’s death on 9 October.

Mr Teran had cataracts removed under a Cuban programme to offer free eye treatment across Latin America.

The operation on Mr Teran took place last year and was first revealed when his son wrote to a Bolivian newspaper to thank the Cuban doctors for restoring his father’s sight.

[…] Che Guevara, wounded in the fighting, was taken to a schoolhouse in the village of La Higuera on 8 October where the soldiers debated what to do with him.

Mario Teran is reported to have drawn the short straw and been ordered to execute the captured guerrilla.

Che Guevara was killed on 9 October and his body taken to a hospital in nearby Vallegrande, where his corpse was paraded before the world’s media.

In 1997 his remains were discovered, exhumed and returned to Cuba, where he was reburied.

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