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The Case Against Augusto Pinochet

Pinochet Reportedly Has Brain Damage
Thursday, February 17, 2000; Page A27
Augusto Pinochet is suffering from brain damage that affects his memory and comprehension, making him mentally unfit to stand trial, two Spanish newspapers said, claiming they had obtained copies of the British medical report on the former Chilean president.

British Must Release Pinochet Medical File
Wednesday, February 16, 2000; Page A24
Britain's High Court ruled that the government must release Augusto Pinochet's medical records to the four European countries seeking to prosecute the former Chilean president.

British Judge Rejects Latest Effort Against Pinochet
Tuesday, February 1, 2000; Page A9
A British judge turned down the latest legal effort by groups seeking to block the release of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. But the ruling was immediately appealed.

Belgium to Contest Pinochet Release
Tuesday, January 26, 2000; Page A19
Six human rights organizations and the government of Belgium will go to court here Wednesday in a long-shot effort to block the expected release of former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet. The groups decided to bring a legal action now because they feared they would not be able to reach a British judge fast enough to stop Pinochet from returning to Chile once a government order to free him is issued.

Chilean Judge Plans Cold Homecoming for Pinochet
Tuesday, January 26, 2000; Page A1
As British authorities seem poised to release former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet because of failing health, one judge's investigation has made it more likely that Pinochet will face prosecution on his native soil.

Judge Requests Pinochet Undergo New Medical Tests
Tuesday, January 18, 2000; Page A14
Spain sent Britain a petition asking that Gen. Augusto Pinochet undergo new medical tests to determine whether the former Chilean dictator truly is not healthy enough to stand trial on human rights charges, the Foreign Ministry said.

Spaniard Will Press Pursuit of Dicatators
Sunday, January 16, 2000; Page A29
As British authorities seem poised to release former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet because of failing health, one judge's investigation has made it more likely that Pinochet will face prosecution on his native soil.

Pinochet Found to Sick to Stand Trial
Wednesday, January 12,2000; Page A1
Augusto Pinochet is too sick to stand trial on the human rights charges against him, the British government announced, a conclusion that means the former Chilean president could be sent home to Chile.

Pinochet Extradition Approved
Saturday, October 9, 1999; Page A15
A British magistrate ruled that Augusto Pinochet, who ruled Chile as the head of a military junta for 17 years, can be extradited to Spain to face trial on 35 counts of torture and conspiracy to torture.

Case Against Pinochet Opens in British Court
Tuesday, September 28, 1999; Page A19
In mid-June of 1989, Chilean soldiers seized Marcos Quezada Yanez and hauled him away to prison. They questioned Yanez repeatedly about his political views, his friends and his family. They connected electrodes to his testicles for electric shock torture. On June 24, the current was so strong, and the prisoner so weakened, that Yanez died.

Documents Show U.S. Knew of Pinochet Crackdown
Thursday, July 1, 1999; Page A23
Weeks after Augusto Pinochet took power in Chile in 1973, CIA cables to Washington reported that his government planned "severe repression" of its opponents and warned of military violence. The CIA records were among nearly 6,000 newly declassified government documents released Wednesday related to political violence during Pinochet's rule.

Prosecutor Launches Attack on Pinochet
Tuesday, January 19, 1999; Page A14
A hard-hitting British prosecutor charged that Augusto Pinochet had made himself the "universal enemy of civil society" and should be seen as the contemporary equivalent of "the slave trader or the pirate" because of alleged human rights abuses committed when he was president of Chile.

British Lords Void Denial of Immunity for Pinochet
Friday, December 18, 1998; Page A63
Former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet won a round in his vigorous fight for freedom as Britain's House of Lords voided a precedent-setting decision that he is not immune from prosecution.

Britain Denies Pinochet Immunity
Thursday, November 26, 1998; Page A01
Britain's highest court ruled that Augusto Pinochet cannot claim legal immunity for crimes he may have committed as president of Chile, meaning the retired general must remain under arrest here facing possible extradition for a criminal trial in Spain.

Pinochet Case Opens Closet Of a Continent
Friday, October 23, 1998
The stunning arrest of former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet has South Americans questioning whether it is better to confront the ghosts of authoritarianism or leave them undisturbed?

Exiles Bring Cases Against Pinochet
Wednesday, October 21, 1998
Former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet's legal problems deepened as a group of Chileans living in Britain announced plans to bring private charges of torture and murder against him.

Pinochet Vows to Fight Extradition
Tuesday, October 20, 1998
Adamant even from his hospital bed, former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet said he would "resolutely" fight any attempt to extradite him to Spain.

Chile Split Over Arrest Of Pinochet
Monday, October 19, 1998
As the Chilean government worked desperately today to win the release of former president Augusto Pinochet, Chileans expressed sharply diverging views of the retired general and his role in the repression that killed more than 3,000 people during his rule.

Britain Arrests Pinochet at Spain's Request
Sunday, October 18, 1998
Former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet, South America's most notorious former dictator, was arrested in a London hospital after Spain issued a request for his extradition on charges of atrocities committed against Spanish citizens in Chile.

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