Chile court upholds Pinochet bail in one case, removes immunity in another

[JURIST] The 23-member Santiago Appeals Court Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling [JURIST report] granting former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] bail, but at the same time stripped him of immunity an additional human rights case, opening the way for prosecutors to charge him with crimes associated with the so-called Caravan of Death [BBC backgrounder]. The "Caravan" was a military mission to execute dozens of opponents in cities in northern and southern Chile just after the September 11, 1973 military coup that brought Pinochet to power. The case was thrown out by the Supreme Court in 2002 saying Pinochet was too ill to face charges, but a prosecuting judge now argues that ruling does not apply to two of the victims. Reuters has more.

 

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