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2006-01-11 12:24:46

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A court upheld bail for former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on Wednesday after seven weeks of house arrest in one human rights case, but stripped him of immunity from prosecution in another. A three-judge panel of the Santiago Appeals Court affirmed an earlier ruling by Judge Victor Montiglio, who said Pinochet should be released from house arrest, and set bail at $19,000. Montiglio is investigating and prosecuting the case known as Operation Colombo,...

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...

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...

2005-12-28 15:15:35

By Antonio de la Jara SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chilean police took mug shots and fingerprinted former ruler Augusto Pinochet on Wednesday over his indictment related to the murder and disappearance of leftist opponents under his dictatorship. Judge Victor Montiglio requested the shots and prints to create a police file on the former strongman, court officials said. It was the first time courts had ordered mugshots and fingerprints of Pinochet. Separately, Montiglio ruled to grant...

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...

2005-11-16 15:54:56

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chilean former dictator Augusto Pinochet told a judge he doesn't believe there were excesses during his 17-year rule, and if there were God would pardon him, a human rights lawyer said on Wednesday. "Everything I did, all my actions, all of the problems I had I dedicate to God and to Chile, because I kept Chile from becoming Communist," Pinochet told a judge regarding the 1973 military coup that launched him to power, according to Hernan Quezada. Quezada,...

2005-10-19 11:09:14

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile's Supreme Court stripped former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution on Wednesday so he can face charges of tax fraud involving an estimated $27 million in offshore accounts, a court source told Reuters. The decision upholds a lower court ruling, opening the way for the retired general to be indicted for tax evasion. Pinochet, who is 89 and ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990 after a military coup, has been stripped of his...


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