CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1999 |
When Francisco Letelier came to Washington, he thought his family was finally safe from the soldiers who ousted Chile's democratic government and held his father at a bleak island prison. That assurance vanished in 1976, when he was pulled out of high school to find that his father, Chilean pro-democracy exile leader Orlando Letelier, was killed a mile from the White House by a car bomb. An American colleague, Ronni Moffitt, died with him.
September 15, 1999 |
Declaring there was "no hatred or rancor in my soul," Gen. Augusto Pinochet for the first time publicly lamented violence during his rule of Chile, saying in a letter that he shares the pain of those who suffered. The letter, sent from the London residence where Pinochet remains in custody, contained language unusual for the 83-year-old former dictator, whose regime left a legacy of more than 3,000 people killed for political reasons.
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.
April 9, 1990 |
Inmates at seven British prisons rebelled against their guards in a spate of incidents aimed at showing solidarity with a group of prisoners who have occupied the Strangeways Prison in Manchester for eight days. The spreading disturbances included one at Dartmoor Prison, 180 miles west of London, where a prisoner was found dead in his cell after inmates surrendered. Besides Dartmoor, new disturbances were reported at Bristol, Stokeheath, Pentonville, Brixton, Hull and Cardiff.
April 26, 1990 |
The last five holdout inmates at Strangeways prison surrendered Wednesday, ending a 25-day takeover of the prison nine hours after a raiding party cornered them on the roof. The Home Office, which oversees the nation's 125 penal institutions, opted to use force to end Britain's longest prison siege after lengthy negotiations failed. The uprising at the prison in Manchester, 200 miles northwest of London, erupted April 1 as a protest against overcrowding and squalid conditions.
May 8, 1991 |
Six alleged IRA bomb-makers who served long jail terms for terrorism began an appeal of their convictions Tuesday in the latest of a series of reviews shaking the foundations of British justice. The hearing involving the "Maguire Seven" comes after two earlier embarrassing reverses for the British legal system in cases relating to the Irish urban guerrilla campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland.