[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court on Monday allowed ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] to post bail for six of the nine human rights charges he faces relating to Operation Colombo [Wikipedia backgrounder; BBC World recorded audio]. Pinochet remains under house arrest, however, because the court did not rule on the remaining three rights charges Pinochet faces, but is requiring the defense team to submit an independent bail request before it will decide whether Pinochet can be freed from house arrest. Pinochet was indicted [JURIST report] in November for the disappearance of nine of the 119 members of a leftist revolutionary group kidnapped and believed to be murdered during the 1975 military operation. The former dictator also faces charges for corruption and tax evasion [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.
Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...
- Pinochet immunity lifted in corruption case
- Pinochet fingerprints, mug shot taken by Chile police as rights case proceeds
- Chile Supreme Court upholds Pinochet fitness to stand trial for rights abuses
- Appeals court upholds Pinochet indictment on rights charges
- Chile court strips Pinochet of immunity in additional rights cases