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Chile's High Court Delays Ruling on Pinochet


Chile's Supreme Court has delayed a decision on whether to uphold an indictment against former dictator Augusto Pinochet on murder and kidnapping charges.

One member of the five-judge panel (Enrique Cury) said a ruling will be issued early next month, but did not give a reason for the delay.

General Pinochet, who is recovering from a stroke, has been indicted on one count of murder and nine counts of kidnapping. The charges stem from "Operation Condor," a plan implemented in the 1970s by Latin American military leaders to repress political opposition.

More than 3,000 people were killed in Chile for political reasons during General Pinochet's 17-year rule, that ended in 1990.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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