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Chilean Investigators Search Pinochet's Office


Chilean investigators have raided the Santiago office of former dictator Augusto Pinochet and seized documents in connection with a probe of secret U.S. bank accounts.

Chilean Judge Sergio Munoz led Thursday's search, which the lawyer for retired General Pinochet described as illegal and unconstitutional.

The judge is investigating the origin of up to $8 million in secret accounts authorities say General Pinochet held at Washington's Riggs Bank between 1994 and 2002.

The raid took place as the 89-year-old former dictator remained under house arrest on kidnapping and murder charges.

General Pinochet was indicted last month on one count of murder and nine counts of kidnapping. The charges stem from "Operation Condor," a plan implemented in the 1970's by Latin American military leaders to repress political opposition.

More than 3,000 people died or disappeared during the general's 1973 to 1990 rule.

Some information provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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