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Bachelet Says Pinochet-Era Rights Prosecutions Will Continue


Chile's President Michelle Bachelet has rejected any amnesty for those accused of crimes during the 17-year dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

President Bachelet said Wednesday in Santiago that the courts will continue to prosecute cases involving human rights abuses under the dictatorship. She said the memory of thousands does not allow an end to the trials.

Ms. Bachelet made her remarks at a ceremony remembering people killed during the dictatorship.

The president was imprisoned and tortured during the dictatorship of General Pinochet, who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990. Ms. Bachelet's parents were also imprisoned and tortured. Her father, a Chilean general, eventually died in prison for opposing the 1973 coup that brought General Pinochet to power.

An estimated 3,000 people died or disappeared during the Pinochet government, and the retired general faces human rights charges stemming from his dictatorship. In addition, the 90-year-old former leader and members of his family have been charged with tax evasion and fraud.

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