Latest Immunity from prosecution Stories

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...

2005-07-06 11:44:31

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A Chilean appeals court ruled by a narrow margin on Wednesday that former dictator Augusto Pinochet can face charges related to the 1975 cover-up of the deaths of dozens of leftists, known as Operation Colombo. Judge Juan Escobar, president of the Santiago Appeals Court, told reporters that the court voted 11-10 to remove Pinochet's immunity from prosecution in the human rights case. Pinochet's defense is expected to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, as it...

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