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Pinochet Arrested in London

This week's In the News considers the recent arrest of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet. The seven resources discussed include news, background information, commentary, and history. On October 16, in response to a Spanish extradition warrant, British police arrested Pinochet in a London hospital where he was recuperating from minor surgery. Spanish High Court judges issued the international warrant to question Pinochet about allegations of genocide, torture, and terrorism against Spanish, Chilean, Argentinean, British, and US citizens during his 17-year reign of Chile. According to official figures released by the Chilean government, over 3,000 of Pinochet's political opponents died during his rule and over 1,000 were declared missing after detainment by his security agents. Although Pinochet's brutal dictatorship ended in 1990, he was the commander-in-chief of the Chilean army until last March when he resigned to become senator-for-life, a position he established for himself when his ruthless regime drafted their constitution in 1980. The Chilean government condemns the arrest and has filed formal protests with the British and Spanish governments, citing violations of Pinochet's diplomatic immunity and transgressions of Chilean sovereignty. However, British and Spanish authorities have dismissed Chilean protests, setting up a legal battle that will have broad implications for the international prosecution of alleged human rights violations.
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In the News: Pinochet Arrested in London
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October 20th, 1998
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April 7th, 2003 at 1:20pm
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April 7th, 2003 at 1:20pm
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