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Chilean Court Strips Pinochet of Immunity


A court in Chile has stripped former dictator Augusto Pinochet of immunity in a criminal case that involved the 1974 killing of a Chilean general.

The Santiago appeals court decision Thursday could pave the way for General Pinochet to be tried in the deaths of General Carlos Prats and his wife both killed in a car bombing.

Chile's Supreme Court has upheld two other immunity rulings in two previous cases against General Pinochet. The cases include "Operation Condor", a joint effort by Latin American dictators in the 1970s to eliminate the opposition.

An estimated 3,000 people died or disappeared during General Pinochet's rule from 1973 to 1990, mostly for political reasons.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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