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Chile Court Lifts Pinochet's Immunity in Tax Fraud Case

A Chilean court has stripped former dictator Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution in a tax evasion case stemming from his multi-million dollar bank accounts secretly held in the United States.

A Chilean judge has accused General Pinochet of not paying taxes on some $8 million held in his name in several bank accounts at Riggs Bank in the United States. A U.S. Senate committee disclosed the existence of the accounts last year.

The Pinochet family says the money came from political donations and has denied any allegations of corruption. His defense lawyers are expected to appeal Tuesday court ruling.

General Pinochet, who headed a military government from 1973 to 1990, is also facing a judicial investigation into human rights abuses during his dictatorship.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.