Pinochet is stripped of immunity by court

Independent UK
The Supreme Court of Chile yesterday stripped Augusto Pinochet, the country’s former military dictator, of his immunity from prosecution – opening the way for him to be charged with human rights abuses and the alleged death and disappearance of more than 3,000 people.

The court in Santiago, the capital, voted 9-8 to lift the immunity protecting the former president, overruling its own previous decisions that the 88-year-old was too physically and mentally ill to face prosecution. Two years ago, court-appointed doctors determined that General Pinochet had a mild case of dementia, used a pacemaker and suffered from diabetes and arthritis. He has had at least three mild strokes since 1998. full article

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