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Request for New Pinochet Tests Sent

January 18, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

The Spanish government said it had sent to Britain a judge's request that Gen. Augusto Pinochet, 84, undergo new medical tests to determine whether he is truly unfit to stand trial for human rights crimes during his 1973-90 Chilean dictatorship. Judge Baltasar Garzon secured Pinochet's arrest in London in 1998 in an effort to extradite him to Spain for trial. British Home Secretary Jack Straw said last week that he was inclined to send Pinochet home on the basis of the independent tests.

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