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Court Strips Pinochet of Immunity, Upholds Bail


A Chilean court has stripped former dictator Augusto Pinochet of his legal immunity, clearing the way for him to be tried in connection with the deaths of two political prisoners.

Justices voted 17 to 6 Wednesday to remove the immunity Pinochet enjoys as a former president.

The 90-year-old can now be tried for his role in two murders committed by soldiers several weeks after Pinochet claimed power through a bloody coup.

Chilean judges also upheld a previous ruling allowing Pinochet to be released from house arrest if he posted bail, set at about $19,000.

General Pinochet ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990.

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