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Pinochet Released from Chile Hospital


Hospital officials in Chile say former dictator Augusto Pinochet has been released from a hospital in Santiago after being treated for a mild stroke.

The officials say General Pinochet was released after several hours of examination and treatment. A spokesman says the 89-year-old retired general was conscious and calm as he left the hospital.

General Pinochet entered a Santiago military hospital Thursday after suffering stroke-like symptoms. He has been hospitalized for several strokes in the past.

General Pinochet, who headed a military government from 1973 to 1990, faces several criminal proceedings for human rights violations committed during his rule. But Chile's courts have ruled he is too ill to stand trial.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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