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|Pinochet Checks In Hoping to Check Out
- Former Chilean leader undergoes health check in bid for freedom
GENERAL Augusto Pinochet makes another bid for freedom today when he undergoes rigorous medical checks to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.
The tests were ordered by Home Secretary Jack Straw following warnings from the Pinochet camp that the former Chilean dictator's health is fast deteriorating. His supporters claim that he has suffered "several" strokes while incarcerated under house arrest in his plush Wentworth home.
If the tests confirm the alleged poor state of Pinochet's health, Straw must decide whether that is sufficient to send him back to Chile on humanitarian grounds.
Spain is still keen to extradite the 84 year old former Latin American strong man to face charges that he supervised a catalogue of human rights abuses during his period in office