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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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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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21 February 2005 by -

On 9 March, the Supreme Court of Chile will examine the request by Judge Alejandor Solis to strip Augusto Pinochet of his immunity for his involvement in the murder of former General Carlos Prats and his wife Sofia Cuthbert in Buenos Aires, on 30 September 1974. The court must decide whether or not to confirm the ruling handed down by the Santiago Appeals Court on 2 December. The Court had ruled to lift Pinochet's immunity (see IJT 15) but counsel for the former dictator lodged an appeal against the decision.

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29 March 2005 by -

The former dictator of Chile from 1973 to 1990, Augusto Pinochet, will not stand trial for the murder of Chilean ex-general, Carlos Prats, who died on 30 September 1974 in Buenos Aires. On 24 March, the Supreme Court refused to strip Pinochet of his special immunity as a former president, reports AP. The ruling overturns a decision of 2 September 2004 by the Santiago Appeals Court which voted in favour of lifting his immunity, at the request of Judge Alejandro Solis. The only conviction secured to date in the case is that of Enrique Arrancia Clavel.

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18 October 2004 by Arnoud Grellier

A new legal front against Augusto Pinochet could begin on 5 November when Chile's Appeals Court examines another request to strip the former dictator of his legal immunity. The demand was filed on 5 October by the daughters of Carlos Prats, the former commander-in-chief of the army and ex vice-president, who was murdered in Buenos Aires in September 1974.

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