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2006-01-25 18:29:46

By Deborah Charles and Pav Jordan WASHINGTON/SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet asked the United States to grant her political asylum on Wednesday after she fled tax charges in Chile, a Chilean official said. Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, 60, was in custody at Dulles International Airport near Washington pending a decision in the case and after being questioned since early in the day, a U.S. official said. "The Chilean government has been...

2006-01-25 14:37:37

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials questioned the eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet at a Washington area airport on Wednesday after she fled tax charges in Chile, officials said. Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, 60, has been charged with tax fraud related to some $1 million in undeclared taxes and falsification of documents as part of a widening tax evasion and fraud investigation involving the Pinochet family. She was served with a subpoena in...

2006-01-25 12:02:10

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was being questioned at a Washington area airport on Wednesday after fleeing tax charges in Chile, officials said. Lucia Pinochet Hiriart has been charged with tax fraud related to some $1 million in undeclared taxes and falsification of documents as part of a widening tax evasion and fraud investigation involving the Pinochet family. She was served with a subpoena over the...

2006-01-25 09:13:52

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - The eldest daughter of former dictator Augusto Pinochet was detained at Washington's Dulles International Airport on Wednesday after leaving Chile in defiance of tax evasion charges, Chilean officials said. Chilean government officials said Lucia Pinochet Hiriart had flown to Washington from Argentina, and that she was considered a fugitive from justice. "Mrs Pinochet, ... for whom there was an arrest warrant from a Chilean judge, was detained in...

2006-01-25 06:27:02

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - The eldest daughter of former dictator Augusto Pinochet has left Chile for Argentina in defiance of a subpoena to answer questions about nearly $1 million in undeclared taxes, La Nacion newspaper reported on Wednesday. The Chilean paper said Lucia Pinochet Hiriart crossed into neighboring Argentina by car on Sunday, a day before her mother and four siblings were arrested on charges of tax evasion and fraud related to multimillion-dollar bank accounts. On...

2006-01-02 13:45:12

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet remained under house arrest on Monday after a Chilean appeals court approved bail in connection with some human rights charges against him but did not rule on others. Pinochet, who ruled Chile for 17 years after leading a 1973 coup, has been under house arrest since November on kidnapping charges related to the disappearance and presumed death of at least nine leftists in a government crackdown during his regime that became...

2005-12-26 12:33:24

By Antonio de la Jara SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet lost a key appeal before the Supreme Court on Monday and must now face charges for the disappearance of leftists during his regime. Pinochet, who ruled Chile for 17 years after leading a 1973 coup, must now face the first of a series of human rights charges against him related to Operation Colombo, in which 119 members of an armed revolutionary group disappeared in the mid 1970s and are presumed...

2005-10-21 15:01:35

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile's current president, Ricardo Lagos, was targeted for assassination by secret police during Augusto Pinochet's 17-year dictatorship but escaped when he was arrested by a different police force. Lagos, an opponent of the dictatorship, was put on a hit list in 1986 when the regime cracked down on leftists after a failed attempt to assassinate Pinochet, according to a Diario Siete newspaper report on Friday that cited sealed court testimony by ex-secret...

2005-08-14 11:47:03

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Augusto Pinochet is aging and decrepit and his political clout in Chile has dwindled to nil, but he still grabs global headlines as an international symbol of human rights abuse. When Pinochet's wife was briefly arrested last week and charged with helping him evade taxes, the news was among the most read on Yahoo's news Web site right after made headlines around the world. U.S. newspapers that rarely cover Chilean events run Pinochet...

2005-07-13 20:14:06

VALPARAISO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile's Senate passed constitutional reforms on Wednesday that cut the presidential term to four years from six and curb military power enshrined in the constitution by former dictator Augusto Pinochet. The left-center government, in power since 1990, long pushed for the reform, saying it was key to complete Chile's transition to democracy after the 1973-1990 military regime. The reforms eliminate 10 appointed senate seats -- including ex-military chiefs and...


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