Pinochet granted bail on remaining rights charges

[JURIST] Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] was granted bail on Monday after seven weeks of house arrest on the three remaining charges against him relating to the disappearance and presumed death of dissidents during his 17-year rule. Pinochet was granted bail [JURIST report] last week on the six other human rights charges that have so far been leveled against him for his alleged role in the death of 119 members of an opposition group in the mid-1970s, an incident which has became known as Operation Colombo [Wikipedia backgrounder; BBC recorded audio]. Bail has been set at $19,000, but Pinochet, who has been found competent to stand trial [JURIST report] despite suffering from mild dementia and heart problems, must remain under house arrest until the bail is ratified by a appeals court expected to rule later this week. Reuters has more.



 

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