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Chile's Supreme Court Refuses to Strip Pinochet of Immunity

Chile's Supreme Court has reversed a lower court ruling that would have stripped ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution in the 1974 assassination of his predecessor.

General Pinochet faces a trial in the death of General Carlos Prats who, along with his wife, was killed in a car bombing in Argentina.

The 89-year-old Pinochet has been accused in a dozen human rights cases. He 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 died or disappeared during General Pinochet's 17-year rule that ended in 1990.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.