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30/01/01
Noose Tightens on Pinochet
- House arrest follows fresh murder and kidnapping charges

FORMER Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is again facing charges of murder and torture for alleged offences during his reign of terror during the 1970s and 1980s.

Pinochet managed to evade attempts to extradite him from Britain to Spain last year on health grounds. His return home to Chile in March 2000 was not the end of his legal troubles, however. Since his homecoming the former dictator has been the subject of investigations at the hands of Judge Juan Guzman. Earlier this year the case against him looked shot due to technicalities. The latest charges refer to his role in masterminding 57 murders and 18 kidnappings of political opponents carried out by a 1973 military hit squad called the "Caravan of Death".

"We are very pleased to know Pinochet has been ordered to face the courts for these homicides," human rights lawyer Hugo Gutierrez said.


02/03/00
Pinochet Finds 'New Strength' On Flight Home
- 'Assassino' freed by Straw

AUGUSTO PINOCHET is on his way home to Chile after British Home Secretary Jack Straw ruled that the former dictator, already apparently recovering some of his mental faculites, would not have to face justice.

In collaboration with British police, Pinochet and his team of helpers out-foxed protestors by switching the General's airport of departure at the last minute. Expected to leave the UK via RAF Brize Norton, Pinochet was instead ferried in high speed convoy up to RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. Protestors were left to shout "assassino" outside the now empty luxury Surrey home in which Pinochet had been kept duting his 16 month stay.

Straw accepted Pinochet's legal team's argument that their client is unfit to stand trial in Spain for human rights crimes. A medical report in January claimed that a series of minor strokes had damaged the General's mental health. Following the report Straw said he was 'minded' to set Pinochet free. There followed a series of protests and appeals against the medical opinion.

Having heard the voices ranged against his initial opinion, the Home Secretary has decided to free the former dictator. But the anti-Pincohet camp, which expects the General to make a miraculous recovery once back in Chile, was given fuel for its doubts over the medical reports' veracity when one Pinochet aide remarked: "He has been very frail but this has given him new strength."

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16/02/00
Pinochet's Memory is Shot
- Leaked report diagnoses two types of brain damage

LEAKED medical reports into the health of General Pinochet suggest the infamous torturer is suffering from two types of brain damage.

According to one leak from the reports quoted in Spain's ABC newspaper, Pinochet's "main medical problems at present are a peripheral diabetic neuropathology and a recent progressive cerebral-vascular injury," In layman's terms the double brain trouble means Pinochet's "memory of distant facts is deficient. He would have difficulty making himself heard and understood in his answers to questions," the report says.

Interestingly, medical opinion appears to have it that the General suffered the bulk of the brain damage in the autumn of 1999, a year after his arrest in London.

After a ruling yesterday in London's High Court, British Home Secretary Jack Straw was forced to hand the secret medical bulletins to human rights organisations, various governments (most notably that of Belgium), and Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon who wants to put the former Chilean dictator on trial. Straw said that he was "minded" to set Pinochet free after reading the medical evidence.


31/01/00
Judges: Pinochet Can Go
- Bid to halt General's return quashed

AUGUSTO PINOCHET has won the latest round of his battle to escape extradition to Spain or Belgium to face charges of torture.

The High Court has decided to throw out claims from human rights groups and the Belgian government that Home Secretary Jack Straw was wrong to rule that the 84 year old was unfit to stand trial.

The path is now clear for Pinochet to return to Chile. He faces the possibility of further legal proceedings when he returns to Santiago, however. Prosecutors there are demanding the lifting of his Senatorial indemnity against prosecution. In Chile, only the defendant's mental health is at issue, not his physical state, therefore a trial may be possible.

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26/01/00
Pinochet Flight Grounded
- Belgium argues with UK plans to let dictator flee

GENERAL PINOCHET'S prolonged fight to return to Chile is not over yet, despite British Home Secretary Jack Straw's attempts to wash his hands of the alleged serial torturer.

Straw said earlier this month that he was "minded" to let Pinochet fly home on health grounds - the General's aides say he had a stroke - but refuses to let opponents see the results of a medical examination taken last week. That has angered Pinochet's enemies including the Belgian government who have said they now want to take the UK to the International Court of Justice in The Hague in an attempt to gain access to the medical reports.

Belgium's specific interest in the case is over six citizens with dual Belgian-Chilean nationality who allege offences committed by Pinochet. In the light of the developments from the low countries, UK officials are likely to postpone a decision to let the 84 year-old accused of mass murder quit Britain. "We take our international obligations very seriously," said a Home Office spokesperson.




18/01/00
Freedom For Pinochet?
- Now Chile may indict returning dictator
- D-Day for Home Secretary Jack Straw

THE LONG RUNNING saga surrounding the fate of Augusto Pinochet took a fresh turn last night with the news that Chile may seek to indict him if he returns.

Following last weekend's Presidential elections in Chile, incoming socialist leader Ricardo Lagos has pledged that he will not stand in the way of 56 criminal cases filed against the former dictator. "Trials will be undertaken by the courts and I will make the courts be respected" Lagos said.

Meanwhile back in London, Home Secretary Jack Straw rules today whether the generals's ill health is sufficient to block his extradition to Spain. Last week Straw said that he was "minded" to rule in favour of the 84 year old.

Interested parties were given a week to make representations opposing the ruling which followed a health check by four eminent doctors. The Spanish prosecutors have asked for a second medical check. Rights group Amnesty's request to see the original health report was refused by Straw on the grounds of patient confidentiality.

With Pinochet's return to Chile now set to be to a hostile domestic mood, some commentators are speculating whether he will claim asylum elsewhere. Ironically London has a long reputation of welcoming political emigres in fear of persecution in their own countries.

However, the wise money is still on the former dictator flying back to Chile. His son Marco Antonio Pinochet said "he only desires to return to his country".

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12/01/00
Pinochet Set to Evade Justice
- Straw is "minded" to release 84 year old former dictator

AUGUSTO PINOCHET is set to evade facing justice following the news, as predicted by LondonNet back in the Autumn, that the Home Secretary is "minded" to agree that he is unfit to stand trial.

Pinochet underwent rigorous medical checks last week at the hands of "eminent" doctors. Initial reports suggested he might be fit to stand trial. However, last night's announcement by Home Secretary Jack Straw makes it clear that, subject to an appeal by interested parties - perhaps the Spanish authorities and/or Amnesty International - the 84-year-old will be free to go home in a week's time. Early indications are that the Spanish may not seek to challenge the ruling.

"I feel choked. For 25 years, thousands of families have been suffering. The whole country is suffering the consequences of his regime. To know that he is escaping justice is unbelievable" said Carlos Reyes, a spokesman for Chile Democratico, a group representing Chileans living in exile.

Not everyone is displeased by the news though. The former general is said to be "delighted" at the news of his impending release. Ex-UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher revelled in the change of fortune for her Falklands War buddy "I would trust the Home Secretary's judgment. He is a very fair man".

Pinochet can expect a mixed reaction when and if he returns to Santiago de Chile. While he will no doubt attract a crowd of loyalists at the airport, his return will also put in motion a campaign to have him prosecuted in his home country. Chile based human rights lawyer Julia Urquieta promised "We will continue to pursue justice. If he comes back he must face justice."

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5/01/00
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.

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08/10/99
Pinochet Can Be Extradited, Says Court
- More legal moves now expected

GENERAL PINOCHET has lost the latest legal round in his battle to escape extradition to Spain where he faces justice for torture committed during his time as Chile's dictator.

Pincohet's spokesperson said that the proceedings "were politically motivated" and that his client was "not guilty". Now the matter will once more be put before Home Scecretary Jack Straw whose main consideration is expected to be whether the 83 year old should be allowed home on grounds of ill health.

Pinocet's legal team will also be considering launching further appeals as a result of today's ruling at Bow Street Magistrates Court in London.


07/10/99
Pinochet Arrest 'Kidnap' Says Thatcher
- Former PM slams treatment of Chile dictator

OUT OF TOUCH former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher labelled the arrest of General Pinochet"judicial kidnap" yesterday to cheers from delegates at the Tory Party conference.

Thatcher is one of the key figures behind the campaign to stop Pinochet being deported to Spain where he faces charges relating to torture committed during the dictator's iron rule of Chile in the 1970s and 80s. Seemingly unable to spot the irony and internal contradiction of her argument, Thatcher went on to condemn Pinochet's arrest as both "lynch law" and the action of a "police state".

One German commentator had it about right yesterday when he said Britain's former leader "was out of touch by half a century" but Thatcher's views are still thought to carry considerable weight with the present, Labour, government. PM Tony Blair has admitted he regularly turns to her for advice and some insiders now believe the PM and Home secretary Jack Straw will take the cowards way out and let Pinochet go home, probably on health grounds which would not upset the legal bigwigs and would pacify some of the more supine members of the liberal establishment. Pinochet's advisers say he had two minor strokes last week.




27/09/99
Pinochet Back in Court
- Chile general in new extradition moves

GENERAL PINOCHET today begins the next round of court hearings which will lead either to his extradition to Spain or his passage as a free man home to Chile.

There is another option, one which is being voiced with increasing concern by Pinochet supporters, both in Britain and in Chile: the former brutal dictator could die in custody. Chile foreign minister Juan Gabriel Valdes said that he feared "a fatal outcome" to the case which has become a lightning rod of emotion both on the left and right all around the globe.

Former torture victims of Pinochet's murderous 1970s/80s regime and leftists of the world are determined their enemy should face justice in Spain, while the pro-Pinochet cabal led over here by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, reckon their pal's record of mass execution and vicious torture was a necessary counter to communist influence.

British Home Secretary Jack Straw will make the final decision on the case, but not until after plenty more rounds of legal argument. The clever money would appear to be on Pinochet being allowed to return home on health grounds, as this would save Straw from having to offend Chile, while also preserving Britain's legal position on torture.

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4/8/99
Chile Seeks Pinochet Deal with Spain
- Back door justice condemned by Spanish judiciary

AN AMBITIOUS plan to persuade Spain to waive hearings in its country in respect of General Pinochet appear to have failed

The Chilean plan involved taking the case to arbitration. Chile is understood to have made official approaches to authorities in Madrid. However the move has not gone down well with the Spanish Judiciary.

Judge Baltasar Garzon has declared that he will not tolerate anything which could "affect the principle of judicial independence".

A UK Home Office spokesman confirmed that were the charges to be dropped by Spain, Pinochet would be free to go home.

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9/7/99
Public Pick Up Pinochet Bill
- 4 million pound legal bill to be paid by UK taxpayers

IT WAS RULED yesterday that the UK taxpayer is to pick up a four million pound legal bill from Pinochet's extradition hearings.

The sum represents all of the costs of two of the four hearings so far, which have taken place in the High Court and House of Lords. In all four hearings the state had to pick up the Crown's (prosecutor's) costs. At one point in December last year the former Chilean leader's costs were running at 12,000 UKP per day.

The decision has encouraged those fighting the extradition process. Former Tory Chancellor, Norman Lamont called the decision a 'stinging rebuke' for Home Secretary Jack Straw.

"This expensive political farce should have been killed off long ago. Contrary to government fiction, the responsibility is not the courts' but the Home Secretary's," Lamont said.


18/6/99
Pinochet Faces Fresh Charges
- Spanish Judge widens the legal net over former Chilean leader

JUDGE BALTASAR GARZON, the Spanish Judge who orchestrated the extradition request for Augusto Pinochet has added a 36 new charges of torture to the legal action.

All of Garzon's new charges reflect alleged offences which occurred after 1988. This is the date from which Law Lords ruled earlier this year that the former Chilean leader could face charges for crimes against humanity.

Pinochet's extradition hearing is due to be heard later this year in September. The ex-dictator is currently staying in a rented house in the exclusive Wentworth Estate, Surrey.


27/5/99
Pinochet's Lawyers Back in Court
- Legal team lose latest appeal in High Court

GENERAL PINOCHET's legal team was back in court today in its latest attempt to avoid the former Chilean leader's extradition to Spain.

His lawyers argued that Home Secretary Jack Straw's decision to allow the proceedings to continue was illegal. However a High Court judge refused leave to appeal on this issue. Straw's decision had followed a House of Lords ruling which stripped down the number of offences to which he could face trial following extradition.

Pinochet is currently staying in a rented house on the posh Wentworth Estate in Surrey. His case is now expected to continue, reverting back to the proceedings taking place in Magistrates' Court.

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30/4/99
Pinochet in Fresh Extradition Challenge
- Lawyers set to question Jack Straw's ruling

GENERAL AUGUSTO Pinochet's London based lawyers are set to issue a fresh challenge in their battle against his extradition.

This appeal will be against Home Secretary Jack Straw's decision to allow proceedings to continue. This followed the latest House of Lords ruling which provided for the charges to proceed.

The lawyers are expected to lodge an 'intention to contest' the decision to authorise continued extradition proceedings

Pinochet remains on bail in his rented house in the posh Wentworth Estate, Surrey.

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15/4/99
Straw Authorises Pinochet Extradition
- Home Secretary allows continuance of proceedings to extradite Chilean

HOME SECRETARY Jack Straw has authorised the extradition proceedings against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Straw had agreed that extradition proceedings should continue when the issue was first put to him last year. After the recent appeal in the House of Lords Straw had to decide the same issue again. This time however, following the Law Lords ruling, he only had to consider crimes alleged to have been committed after 1988.

Pinochet will now return to Magistrates court where the formal process of extradition will continue. This can take many months, even years. His lawyers will also be seeking judicial review of Straw's ruling.

The Chilean is now established as a resident curio on the posh Wentworth estate in Surrey, near London.

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30/3/99
Pinochet Granted Judicial Review
- Jack Straw's decision set for High Court examination

AUGUSTO PINOCHET, the former Chilean leader facing extradition from the UK to Spain has won the latest round of his battle to evade justice.

Pinochet's lawyers have been granted leave to apply for Judicial Review of Home Secretary's ruling to extradite their client. Following the first House of Lords ruling last year, Straw backed Pinochet's extradition hearing. He must now reconsider that decision in the light of last week's Law Lords approval of the proceedings.

The Lords this time trimmed down the charges that Pinochet may face after extradition to crimes committed after 1988. Straw is expected to once again approve the proceedings when he announces his decision on 15 April 1999.

Pinochet, who recently entertained Margaret Thatcher at the general's Wentworth house, is now more confident than ever that his lawyer's campaign to return him to Chile without facing trial in Spain for torture and murder will be successful.


24/3/99
Lords Tell Pinochet to Stay Put
- General loses latest Lords Appeal against extradition to Spain

General Augusto Pinochet has lost his latest appeal to the House of Lords. He has however, had the majority of charges thrown out as they occurred before 1988, when Britain introduced new laws relating to torture, murder and genocide.

In a 'qualified' judgement six of the seven judges agreed that only those charges alleged to have been committed on or after 29 September 1988 could be used for the extradition. The remaining charges include some for murder and torture, some involving murders in Spain, are free to be included in the extradition charge sheet.

Pinochet will now face a return to Magistrates Court but his lawyers are preparing for fresh appeals at as proceedings progress

Anti Pinochet protesters have been staging peaceful demonstrations both at the Houses of Parliament and nearby the general's Wentworth home.

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24/3/99
Pinochet Ruling Due Today
- Law Lords ready to deliver verdict

CHILEAN Authorities have flown an air force plane in to Britain ready to return their former leader Augusto Pinochet should the House of Lords rule in his favour.

The Law Lords decision is due later today according to Home Office reports. Most experts predict a ruling against the General and for the continuation of extradition proceedings. They expect the seven judges to rule four to three that Pinochet does not enjoy sovereign immunity form these proceedings. However some claim that they will additionally rule that offences before 1988 will be struck off the charge sheet as they fall prior to a change in English law.

Yesterday anti-Pinochet protesters placed 4,000 white crosses on the lawn in front of the House of Parliament to commemorate the victims of Pinochet's brutal regime.

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22/3/99
Pinochet's Fate Will be Sealed This Week
- House of Lords tipped to allow extradition in fresh split decision

FORMER Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is set to learn the result of his latest dalliance with English justice later this week.

Pinochet and his legal team have stepped up their lobbying of the authorities concerned as experts predict he may face a fresh extradition ruling. Seven Law Lords are re-considering whether the Chilean general should be extradited to Spain to face charges of genocide, murder and torture. The original Lords' decision to allow extradition was discarded when it became clear that one of the Law Lords, Lord Hoffman, had connections with interested party, human rights lobbyists Amnesty International.

Commentators expect a four to three ruling in favour of allowing the extradition of Pinochet to continue. The next stage would be for Home Secretary Jack Straw to allow the case to return to the Magistrates stage of the process.

- Chilean Dictator wiles away time under house arrest surfing the net

Meanwhile it has emerged that the former South American strongman has been wiling away his hours under house arrest surfing the net. The Chilean has apparently been scouring the net for information published about him and his extradition case. So Augusto don't forget to read our Pinochet pages thoroughly, and why not leave a message on our News Talkback pages already with full of postings from your supporters and detractors.

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19/2/99
Pope Makes Pinochet Plea
Vatican submits representations to British Government over Chilean General

THE POPE has made representations to the British Government over the long running Augusto Pinochet extradition saga.

Foreign Office Minister Baroness Symons admitted in a written reply yesterday that the Vatican had made its views known at the highest level. Which side the Pope came down on is unclear, however commentators agree it is almost certainly behind the former Chilean strong man.

Former Tory Chancellor Norman Lamont believes the Pope backed Pinochet because of his 'great contribution to freedom in the Cold War' and for 'saving his country from a Marxist dictatorship'.

However the Pope could have been swung by representations from human rights groups regarding the murderous years of the blood thirsty General.

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9/2/99
Hoffman Off The Hook
- Lord Chancellor backs 'Amnesty Judge' in Pinochet Case

LORD IRVINE, the Lord Chancellor, has indicated that he believes his fellow peer judge, Lord Hoffman should retain his position.

Hoffman came under fire for failing to reveal his links to human rights group, Amnesty International in the original Pinochet extradition appeal at the House of Lords. The Law Lords majority decision to allow extradition proceedings was overturned on appeal when the Chilean's lawyers successfully argued that there was an appearance of bias due to Hoffman's links.

Lord Irvine argues that Hoffman is too good a lawyer to be lost to the system. He claims the errant Lord's actions were no more than an 'error of judgement'.

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3/2/99
Death Threat for Anti-Pinochet Labour MP
- Labour's Jeremy Corbyn targeted by General Pinochet Support Group

A NORTH London MP has been targeted in a death threat campaign by a an extreme right wing group.

Posters appeared on the Seven Sisters Road outside Corbyn's local Labour Club saying '3000 deaths first, Jeremy Corbyn MP next'. The posters bore the name of a right wing Chilean based group the General Pinochet Support Group.

The MP will be taking extra safety precautions under the guidance of the Police. He said "I was surprised and obviously slightly worried". Corbyn was also concerned for the safety of Chileans in London campaigning for the extradition of Pinochet. He believes the threats are as much aimed at them as himself.

Corbyn has been campaigning on behalf of the victims of Pinochet's brutal regime since 1973. He has been a leading voice in the recent attempts to extradite the former leader to Spain to face charges of genocide, murder and torture. Pinochet's legal position is currently being considered for a second time by the House of Lords.

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(18/1/99)
Lords Begin Fresh Pinochet Appeal
- House to hear new torture claims in re-run hearing
- Protesters on both sides raise the stakes in General's extradition
- LondonNet Comment: A brutal thug who must now face justice

GENERAL Augusto Pinochet's fresh extradition hearing at the House of Lords begins today in Westminster.

This second Lords hearing will reconsider whether Pinochet enjoys Crown Immunity and thus is excluded from extradition proceedings initiated in Spain by Judge Baltasar Garzon. In a previous Lords appeal considering the same question, a majority of three Law Lords to two ruled that the South American strongman did not enjoy immunity because no sovereign can be excused from crimes against humanity. That decision was set aside in December after complaints from Pinochet's team that one of the Law Lords, Lord Hoffman, was too close to a party to the proceedings; Amnesty International.

In this hearing Law Lords will additionally consider cases of conspiracy to torture orchestrated by the General before his violent overthrow of democratically elected socialist President Allende in 1973.

Over the past weekend supporters of the General's extradition and supporters of the dictator have stepped up their respective campaigns. Yesterday more than a thousand anti-Pinochet protesters, including victims of his brutal and bloody regime, marched through the streets of London to demand his extradition to face charges of genocide and torture in Spain. Supporters of Pinochet including Margaret Thatcher and her grey haired entourage have released a pamphlet entitled 'The Real General Pinochet' which they will distribute to 5000 opinion formers.

LondonNet Comment: A brutal thug who must now face justice

25 NOVEMBER 1998 will be remembered for centuries as the day international justice came of age.

In an historic ruling the House of Lords decided that a sovereign cannot enjoy immunity for crimes against humanity. As we stood on the precipice of a new millennium it looked for a moment as if we had discarded the bloody and harsh 20th century. The world had grown up...more

Pinochet Comment: LondonNet's view on the extradition saga


(14/1/99)
Chile to Speak in Pinochet Appeal
- Chilean Government to have say at new House of Lords hearing
- TV documentary promises to reveal "The Real General Pinochet' this weekend

THE CHILEAN Government has successfully gained the opportunity to make representations to the House of Lords next week in the rerun Pinochet Appeal hearing.

Government officials in Santiago have been lobbying for the right to make submissions in the fresh appeal hearing for several weeks. They are keen to see the original ruling which stated that Pinochet could face extradition proceedings reversed. That ruling was set aside in December as a result of Lord Hoffman's Amnesty connections.

This weekend Channel Four screen a controversial documentary on the former South American strong man entitled "The Real General Pinochet'. The programmes producers promise to dish the dirt on the former dictator. They also plan to present the human face behind the Chilean Senator. They reveal that Pinochet moved his mother into a house opposite him to keep in touch during his darkest hours.

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(13/1/99)
Pinochet Lawyers Veto Senior Law Lord
- Kingsley Napley elbow out Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf from Pinochet hearing
- Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon set to attend new Lords hearing

GENERAL Pinochet's lawyers Kingsley Napley have successfully vetoed the appointment of liberal judge, Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf from the bench which will hear a fresh appeal next week.

The unprecedented and controversial move will send shock waves through the English legal system. The judiciary is supposedly neutral to all outside influence. The ability to remove judges if there is a perceived threat of bias could have huge ramifications for trials at all levels. It is a direct result of the extraordinary setting aside last month of the House of Lords ruling that Pinochet could face extradition proceeding here in the UK. That ruling was set aside because one of the appeal judges, Lord Hoffman had associations with a party to the hearing, Amnesty International.

It has also emerged that the Spanish Judge who started the extradition proceedings, Baltasar Garzon, is set to attend the fresh appeal hearing in the House of Lords next week.

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Pinochet Archive News: Dozens of news articles from our archive relating to the General 's extradition hearings.


The arrest of Pinochet has brought mixed reaction from Chileans both here and in Chile itself. Our News Talkback bulletin board has received dozens of messages, some supporting the General , others agreeing with his imminent prosecution. One North American wag even suggested that former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger should postpone any planned UK trips indefinitely - otherwise British Police could arrest him too, for his part in the violent overthrow of Allende's government. (21/10/98)



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