December 16, 1998 |
Lawyers argued that South African-born Lord Justice Leonard Hoffmann, who denied retired Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet immunity from arrest, was biased because of his ties to Amnesty International. The judge heads Amnesty's fund-raising arm. The House of Lords, Britain's highest court, is being asked to overturn the Lords' own Nov. 25 judgment against Pinochet that opens the way for his extradition to Spain.
November 5, 1998 |
The House of Lords, Britain's highest court, was told by lawyers for British and Spanish prosecutors that Augusto Pinochet had no right to immunity given the "savage and barbarous crimes"--including the slayings of children and torture--that Chile's former dictator was responsible for. The lawyers were seeking to overturn a ruling that Pinochet's Oct. 16 arrest on a Spanish warrant was illegal. The appeal may be heard through next week.
February 9, 2000 |
Augusto Pinochet faced continued detention in Britain after the former Chilean dictator's opponents won a legal battle in their attempt to ensure that he stands trial on torture charges. The London High Court said it would consider the merits of a case put forward by Belgium and six human rights groups that oppose Britain's ruling that Pinochet, 84, is medically unfit to stand trial and should be allowed to return home to Chile.
August 10, 2000 |
Chilean military commanders warned that putting Gen. Augusto Pinochet on trial could hurt efforts to uncover the fates of people who disappeared during his 17-year rule. The commanders said it would deter soldiers and officers from testifying. The Supreme Court has decided to lift Pinochet's congressional immunity, and the ex-dictator's relatives and lawyers have vowed to fight in court "to demonstrate his innocence."
January 28, 2006 |
The eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was sent to Argentina, two days after she fled tax charges in Chile, a Homeland Security official said. Shortly after withdrawing her request for U.S. political asylum, Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, 60, was sent to the last country she was in before coming to the United States. She, her parents and four siblings face tax charges linked to her father's multimillion-dollar bank accounts.
October 29, 2000 |
Former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was hospitalized with pneumonia, the Santiago Military Hospital reported. The hospital said that the 84-year-old former military ruler has pneumonia in his left lung "and will remain at the hospital for the necessary treatment." Security was tight around the hospital in Santiago's fashionable Providencia district. About two hours after Pinochet was admitted, his wife, Lucia Hiriart, was seen leaving the hospital.
November 22, 2007 |
Chile's Supreme Court threw out embezzlement indictments that led to the brief detention of the widow and four children of dictator Augusto Pinochet. Justice Eduardo Chaigneau said a court panel voted 5 to 0 that Pinochet's widow and children could not be accused of embezzling government funds because they had never been government employees. The ruling also dropped charges against eight former aides.