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Chile Files Tax Complaint Against Pinochet - 2004-10-02


Chile's Internal Revenue Service has moved to charge former dictator General Augusto Pinochet with tax evasion.

Officials say the former ruler put up to $8 million into secret accounts at Washington's Riggs Bank between 1994 and 2002.

Officials did not say how much General Pinochet owes in taxes. A Chilean judge will consider the case and decide whether to formally file charges. If convicted, General Pinochet faces up to five years in prison.

Even though he was recently stripped of his immunity to face criminal charges in Chile, frail health may prevent General Pinochet from going to trial. He has undergone psychiatric tests to determine if he is fit to stand trial for alleged human rights abuses during his 17-year rule.

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