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07 February 2005 by PIERRE ABRAMOVICI

French investigating judge Sophie Clément could over the next few weeks order former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to appear before the Paris criminal court for his alleged involvement in the disappearance of several French nationals in Chile and Argentina at the end of the 1970s (see IJT 14). The trial in absentia raises the question of the connection between France and Operation Condor, the joint effort by the South American military regimes to eliminate their political opponents.

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05 April 2004 by -

Baltasar Garzon, examining judge at the Spanish Audiencia national

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20 September 2004 by -

Recent manoeuvres by lawyers defending General Pinochet to spare the former dictator from appearing before Judge Guzman, have finally come to nothing. Recent manoeuvres by lawyers defending General Pinochet to spare the former dictator from appearing before Judge Guzman, have finally come to nothing. Pinochet, who was stripped of his immunity by the Chilean Supreme Court on 26 August, was about to be questioned by Judge Guzman at the beginning of September. But a motion filed by his lawyers gave him a last minute reprieve.

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07 June 2004 by INGRID SEYMAN

On 28 May 2004, the Santiago court of appeal stripped former military leader Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution. If the Chilean Supreme Court confirms this ruling, the 88-year old ex-dictator could stand trial for his part in Operation Condor, a coordinated campaign in the 1970s by several Latin American military dictatorships to assassinate hundreds of suspected opponents.

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20 September 2004 by INGRID SEYMAN

The tide seems to have turned for former South American dictators. Argentina's Supreme Court has just accepted the imprescriptibility of a crime against humanity, while in Chile a trial looks likely for Augusto Pinochet after the former dictator was stripped of his immunity on 26 August.

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26 May 2005 by -

The Santiago Appeals Court has postponed its 15 June review of the ruling to remove Augusto Pinochet's immunity from prosecution to 28 June after the former dictator suffered a last minute bout of ill health. According to his family, on 14 June the former head of the military junta in power in Chile from 1973 to 1990 passed out for thirty minutes and was taken into hospital suffering from a minor brain haemorrhage. He was discharged the following day. This is not the first time that Pinochet has been taken ill on the eve of a legal ruling concerning him.

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20 December 2004 by -

Three months after the Supreme Court of Chile removed his immunity, Augusto Pinochet was formally charged by Judge Guzman and placed under house arrest on 13 December. The former dictator could now stand trial in the Chilean courts for the abduction and murder of political opponents in the framework of Operation Condor. Judge Guzman\'s decision, which he admits was «fairly easy to take», came as a surprise to many Chileans.

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06 December 2004 by -

On 2 December, the Chilean Appeals Court voted to strip the former dictator Augusto Pinochet of his diplomatic immunity in the case of the murder of Carlos Prats, former commander of the Chilean army. Prats, who opposed the coup d'etat orchestrated by Pinochet against President Salvador Allende in September 1973, was killed by a car bomb on 30 September 1974 in Buenos Aires. The General has already had his immunity lifted in the Condor file.

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27 June 2005 by -

Argentine and Chilean courts are investigating bank transfers to Argentina made by former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the Argentine newspaper Clarin revealed on 20 June. The paper published details of a US Senate report that alleges Pinochet's wife and sons, as well as certain businesses he has links with, have transferred their money to the Buenos Aires Citibank. The news comes at a time when the Santiago Appeals Court decided on 7 June to strip Pinochet of his immunity in order to allow the Chilean courts to investigate his foreign bank accounts.

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13 June 2005 by -

L'ancien président chilien Augusto Pinochet a connu, dans la seule journée du 7 juin, une victoire et une défaite. Une victoire, parce que la Cour d'appel de Santiago a décidé de mettre fin aux poursuites engagées contre lui et son ancien ministre de l'Intérieur, le général à la retraite Cesar Benavides, dans l'opération Condor, plan de coordination de la répression des opposants politiques. Et une défaite, car l'assemblée plénière de la même cour a levé son immunité dans l'affaire des millions de dollars placés à la banque américaine Riggs.

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