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  • Two years after his original arrest in London on charges of murder, torture and other crimes against humanity, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was re-arrested Friday in Chile, this time on charges of kidnapping and murder during his brutal 17-year rule.
    Dec 04, 2000 | Story
  • The Chilean Supreme Court stripped former dictator Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution this week, in a decision that dealt the beleaguered senator-for-life his worst defeat ever in his homeland. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 11, 2000 | Story
  • An appellate court in Santiago, Chile yesterday stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s former president, of his immunity from prosecution. Following the 13-9 vote, hundreds of people marched through the streets of Santiago. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 06, 2000 | Story
  • The decision on whether to free former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is no longer up in the air — but he is. Pinochet is now a free man, flying to Chile aboard a military plane just hours after Britain dropped extradition proceedings against him. Spain, France and Switzerland were among the countries seeking his extradition to try him on charges of torture and other human rights abuses. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 02, 2000 | Story
  • A Chilean plane is flying to Britain today in anticipation of the possible — some say imminent — release of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from house arrest, where he has remained since October of 1998. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 19, 2000 | Story
  • Last September 16th was the 25th anniversary of the death of legendary Chilean protest singer Victor Jara, who was tortured and killed by the Chilean military days after the coup. Jara had been arrested on the day of the coup and taken to the massive stadium in Santiago known as the Estadio Chile with thousands of other political detainees. He was killed in or near the stadium, and his body was dumped on the street. His widow Joan Jara, who...
    Oct 08, 1999 | Story
  • As Chile vowed to take Spain to the World Court over its attempt to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the general’s lawyers told a British magistrate today that there is no evidence against him.
    Sep 28, 1999 | Story
  • Chile has temporarily recalled its ambassador to Spain today to express its displeasure over Spain’s refusal to let an arbitration panel decide the fate of former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
    Sep 20, 1999 | Story
  • 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...
    Mar 24, 1999 | Story
  • Twenty-five years ago, on September 16, 1973, the legendary Chilean folk singer Victor Jara was executed at the National Stadium (Estadio Chile) in Santiago, Chile. He had endured days of torture in the very stadium he had performed in dozens of times before. Victor Jara’s execution came as the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende had just been overthrown in a CIA-backed military coup that would soon bring the brutal...
    Dec 25, 1998 | Story