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Chile Releases Pinochet's Wife, Four Children on Bail


Chilean authorities have freed on bail the wife and four adult children of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, a day after they were detained on tax evasion charges.

Lucia Hiriart and her children were arrested Monday as part of an investigation into millions of dollars kept in bank accounts abroad. A fifth child, daughter Lucia, is also charged, but her whereabouts are unknown. If located, she will be prohibited from leaving the country.

General Pinochet has been indicted for tax fraud for allegedly hiding $27 million in foreign bank accounts.

The former dictator also faces human rights charges related to his rule in the mid-1970s.

His lawyers say he is not healthy enough to stand trial, but court-ordered doctors say he is fit enough to do so.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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