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2006-01-09 15:14:39

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was granted bail on Monday after seven weeks of house arrest on charges related to the disappearance and presumed death of three leftists during his 17-year rule. The motion by Judge Victor Montiglio, who suggested a bail of $19,000, must be ratified by the court of appeals and a ruling is expected this week. Pinochet, 90, ran Chile from 1973-1990, an era in which an estimated 3,000 people died in political violence and...

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...

2005-12-07 10:39:40

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A Chilean court stripped ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution on Wednesday so that he can face new human rights charges in 29 cases of people who disappeared during his 17-year rule and are presumed dead. The cases are part of Operation Colombo, which involved the disappearance of 119 members of an armed revolutionary group in the mid 1970s. Their bodies have never been found. Pinochet, 90, has been under house arrest since late...

2005-11-24 15:25:22

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - One day before his 90th birthday, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was under house arrest on Thursday and facing tax fraud and human rights charges in his toughest legal situation yet. On Wednesday, Pinochet was placed under house arrest and charged with tax fraud, forging passports and documents, and incomplete reporting of his assets in a case involving an estimated $27 million hid in foreign bank accounts. Pinochet was about to...

2005-11-24 13:21:58

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was indicted on Thursday for the second time in two days, this time for three disappearances that are a part of a 1974 human rights case. The formal charges were for the crime of "permanent kidnappings," which in Chile's legal system refers to people who were arrested by state forces and are presumed dead but whose bodies have never been found. Judge Victor Montiglio, who is also the prosecutor in the case, issued...

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...

2005-10-18 12:10:56

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A Chilean judge asked the Santiago Appeals Court on Tuesday to strip former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution so he can face charges of embezzlement. Judge Sergio Munoz has been investigating Pinochet, who ruled from 1973 to 1990, for tax evasion and embezzlement related to an estimated $27 million he held in offshore accounts. "I've requested his immunity be removed so he can face charges of embezzling public funds,"...

2005-09-14 11:32:46

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile's Supreme Court on Wednesday said former dictator Augusto Pinochet can face criminal charges related to the disappearance and murder of at least 15 leftists in a 1975 human rights case known as Operation Colombo. It was the third human rights case in which the high court has removed Pinochet's immunity from prosecution -- a privilege of former presidents. The immunity issue must be resolved on a case-by-case basis. Judge Jose Benquis, acting...

2005-08-25 11:28:51

By Antonio de la Jara SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has escaped prosecution in hundreds of human rights cases from his 17-year rule but tax crimes investigation may prove to be his downfall, like legendary U.S. gangster Al Capone. The once untouchable Pinochet -- 89, ill and rarely seen in public -- is being dogged by charges he and his family hid up to $27 million from tax authorities, using false names and passports to open up to 130...

2005-08-10 16:52:45

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - The wife and youngest son of former dictator Augusto Pinochet were arrested on Wednesday after a Chilean judge charged them in a tax fraud case, stepping up pressure on the retired general as human rights cases against him have stalled in the courts. Judge Sergio Munoz indicted Pinochet's wife, Lucia Hiriart, and son, Marco Antonio Pinochet, as accomplices in tax fraud involving up to $17 million in secret bank accounts that were uncovered last...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'