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Chilean Judge Questions Pinochet About 1974 Killing of Army Chief


Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet has answered questions about the bomb attack that killed his predecessor, General Carlos Prats in September 1974.

A Chilean judge on Monday questioned General Pinochet for 40 minutes at the dictator's mansion in the capital, Santiago.

The judge said Pinochet answered the questions put to him, but the judge did not say what he asked or reveal what Pinochet said in his testimony.

The judge says he believes the investigation could be finished this week.

In 2005, Chile's Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling that would have stripped Pinochet of immunity from prosecution in the assassination of Prats. The car bombing in Argentina also killed Prats' wife.

Several top military commanders who served under Pinochet face trial in connection to the case.

Pinochet has been accused in a dozen human rights cases.

More than 3,000 people died or disappeared during his 17-year rule, that ended in 1990.

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