Mario Terán

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Mario Terán is the Bolivian Army sergeant who was chosen to carry out the execution of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara as a young man on October 9, 1967.

Personal life[edit]

Mario Terán is married with five children, and covertly lives in Paraguay under the alias of "Pedro Salazar".[1] Some speculate that he has an agreement with the U.S. CIA, who is said to be protecting him, while others theorize that he is afraid of a Cuban unit seeking revenge.[1]

2006 Operation[edit]

In 2006, Terán was treated for free under a false name for cataracts by Cuban physicians in the Cuba-Venezuela Operación Milagro (Operation Miracle) program, which restored his sight.

This was first revealed when Terán's son wrote a letter to the Santa Cruz de la Sierra newspaper El Deber thanking the Cuban doctors. In 2007 Granma opined on the treatment, stating:

"Four decades after Mario Terán attempted to destroy a dream and an idea, Che returns to win yet another battle. Now an old man, he [Terán] can once again appreciate the colors of the sky and the forest, enjoy the smiles of his grandchildren and watch football games."


  1. ^ a b Santo Ernesto: The Curse Of Che Guevara by Jens Glüsing, Der Spiegel, October 8, 2007

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