Archive for Thursday, October 20, 2005

Court strips Pinochet of immunity for trial

October 20, 2005


— Chile's Supreme Court on Wednesday stripped former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution for corruption charges related to his multimillion dollar bank accounts overseas.

Pinochet, 89, has been stripped of his presidential immunity at least four times before, but always in cases stemming from human rights abuses during his 1973-90 dictatorship. This time, the court decided that Pinochet can be tried on charges related to his bank accounts in the United States.

The charges presented by Judge Sergio Munoz include tax evasion, filing a false tax return and using false passports to open bank accounts abroad.

A decision on whether to actually try Pinochet will have to be made by a judge yet to be appointed by the Supreme Court. The judge that originally filed the charges, Munoz, had to leave the case because he has since been promoted to the Supreme Court.


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