Pinochet medical exam confirms dementia

A Chilean court Friday announced that a court-appointed physician has diagnosed 88-year-old former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet with "moderate dementia." The diagnosis confirms the findings of two doctors who previously examined Pinochet on behalf of the prosecution and defense in a case revolving around the deaths of 19 Chileans in connection with Operation Condor during the mid-1970s, making it unlikely Pinochet's trial will begin in the near future. Pinochet has not, however, been declared unfit for trial; the lawyers in the case have five days to review the medical documents and raise objections. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on Pinochet's medical examinations here. EFE News has more.

 

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