Wednesday, March 24, 1999

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  • House of Lords Clears Way for Pinochet Extradition

    Britain’s House of Lords today decided the fate of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who now faces extradition to Spain on charges of genocide, torture and murder. He was arrested last October 16 in London while undergoing minor back surgery, and has been held there pending a final decision on his legal status. Judge Baltasar Garzon of Spain issued the international arrest warrant, and is seeking to try him for brutal human rights abuses during his 17-year rule. Pinochet’s lawyers and the government of Chile have argued that he is immune from prosecution because he was a head of state at the time he committed the atrocities.