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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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06 December 2004 by -

The era of amnesty for those convicted of abduction and the disappearance of political opponents during Pinochet's dictatorship is now at an end. When, on 17 November, the Supreme Court of Chile confirmed the non-applicability of the amnesty law in the case of the disappearance of left-wing activist Miguel Angel Sandoval, it also recognised the legal validity of the notion of «permanent abduction». In the absence of the victim's bodily remains, the crime of abduction is considered to remain in force and is therefore not limited to the period of 1973-1978 covered by the amnesty law.

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