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Pinochet Indicted on Human Rights Charges


Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been indicted on human rights charges and placed under house arrest.

Judge Victor Montiglio charged General Pinochet in connection with the kidnapping and disappearance of seven people in the early years of his 1973 to 1990 rule. The charges are part of a human rights case known as "Operation Colombo," in which 119 dissidents disappeared while in custody.

Mr. Montiglio's indictment Thursday comes six days after he questioned the ex-dictator and the former head of the secret police, Manuel Contreras, to determine responsibility for the disappearance of the 119 Pinochet foes.

This is the second indictment in two days against the former dictator. General Pinochet, who turns 90 on Friday, had just made bail following his indictment Wednesday on charges of tax evasion, corruption and using false passports in a case involving an estimated $27 million hidden in foreign bank accounts.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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