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July 10, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Gen. Augusto Pinochet cannot be tried on human rights charges because of his deteriorating health and mental condition, a divided court ruled Monday, in effect bringing the 85-year-old former dictator's legal troubles to an end. The ruling said Pinochet suffers from such severe dementia that he cannot be prosecuted on charges of covering up 75 murders by the "caravan of death," an army unit that toured northern Chile by helicopter shortly after his 1973 coup, eliminating suspected leftists.
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July 10, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Gen. Augusto Pinochet cannot be tried on human rights charges because of his deteriorating health and mental condition, a divided court ruled Monday, in effect bringing the 85-year-old former dictator's legal troubles to an end. The ruling said Pinochet suffers from such severe dementia that he cannot be prosecuted on charges of covering up 75 murders by the "caravan of death," an army unit that toured northern Chile by helicopter shortly after his 1973 coup, eliminating suspected leftists.
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March 24, 2002 | PAULA R. NEWBERG, Paula R. Newberg is the author of "Politics at the Heart: The Architecture of International Assistance to Afghanistan."
Any country that endures a long war has plenty to answer for. The scarred lanes and impromptu roadside graveyards in Kabul, like those across Afghanistan, tell two decades of stories about violence, deprivation, heroism and forbearance. Some of these tales will be included in a highly charged independent commission report on ethnic killings that Afghan leader Hamid Karzai will release soon. Others will emerge from a commission on truth that he is committed to establishing. But in the recounting of human-rights abuses, Afghanistan's past can derail its future.
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