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2006-08-18 13:30:41

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile's Supreme Court stripped former dictator Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution on Friday to face charges in a $27 million tax fraud case, court sources said. Pinochet, 90, has avoided being processed in a handful of human rights cases because of his health problems, which include mild dementia caused by frequent mini-strokes. The ruling opens Pinochet to investigation and prosecution for embezzling millions of dollars in public funds said to...

2006-08-18 12:53:49

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile's Supreme Court stripped former dictator Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution on Friday to face charges in a $27 million tax fraud case, court sources said. Pinochet, 90, has avoided being processed in a handful of human rights cases because of his health problems, which include mild dementia caused by frequent mini-strokes.

2006-08-07 16:53:02

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A judge petitioned one of Chile's top courts on Monday to strip ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet's immunity from prosecution so he can be investigated and possibly indicted for his suspected role in the 1974 disappearance of a Spanish priest. The priest, Antonio Llido, who belonged to a religious group that supported socialism and opposed the dictatorship, was detained in September 1974 by the military government's secret police. Witnesses say Llido was...

2006-07-17 13:57:22

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile's Supreme Court on Monday reopened the first human rights case brought against 90-year-old former dictator Augusto Pinochet, four years after it was thrown out because of his dementia. Pinochet led a 17-year dictatorship in Chile after a 1973 coup and more than 3,000 people died in political violence and tens of thousands were detained and tortured during the regime. The so-called Caravan of Death case involved a tour of Chile by army officers after...

2006-04-03 07:40:00

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Many people around the world recognize the name Augusto Pinochet, and many also know Chile's courts have failed to convict the ex-dictator of human rights abuses from his 1973-1990 military rule. What is not well known is that while cases against the 90-year-old Pinochet are stalled, partly because of his ill health, in recent years Chile's courts have quietly convicted 94 generals, colonels and other officers for torture, assassination and the...

2006-01-30 14:45:54

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - The oldest daughter of former dictator Augusto Pinochet was released on bail in a tax evasion case on Monday, two days after she returned home and withdrew a bid for political asylum in the United States. A Santiago appeals court freed Lucia Pinochet Hiriart on $6,000 bail, court officials said. Pinochet Hiriart, 60, arrived in Chile on Saturday, nearly a week after fleeing her country to avoid tax charges. She had flown to Washington, where she was...

2006-01-28 13:15:41

By Pav Jordan SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - The eldest daughter of former dictator Augusto Pinochet was taken into custody on Saturday upon her return to Chile after seeking asylum in the United States to avoid tax charges. A federal judge greeted a tired Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, 60, as she arrived from Buenos Aires, where she made a brief stopover after being sent back from Washington late Friday. "Ms. Lucia, how nice that you've arrived, please come with me so that I can arraign...

2006-01-28 10:56:56

By Kevin Gray BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - The elder daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was returning home to Chile on Saturday, nearly a week after she fled her country on tax charges and sought political asylum in the United States. Lucia Pinochet Hiriart boarded a flight bound for Santiago following a stopover in Buenos Aires in route from Washington, Chilean officials in the Argentine capital said. She had fled Chile for neighboring Argentina by car on...

2006-01-27 23:59:45

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was sent back to Argentina, two days after she arrived after fleeing tax charges in Chile, a U.S. Homeland Security official said on Friday. Shortly after withdrawing her request for political asylum in the United States, Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, 60, was sent to Argentina -- the last country she was in before coming to the United States. "Lucia Pinochet is no longer in the...

2006-01-27 22:01:29

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was sent back to Argentina, two days after she arrived after fleeing tax charges in Chile, a U.S. Homeland Security official said on Friday. Shortly after withdrawing her request for political asylum in the United States, Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, 60, was sent to Argentina -- the last country she was in before coming to the United States. "Lucia Pinochet is no longer in the...


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