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Pinochet's Daughter Arrested in Washington


The eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been arrested in Washington D.C. after fleeing Chile, where she has been charged with tax evasion.

A Chilean government spokesman says Lucia Pinochet was picked up at a Washington airport on an international arrest warrant issued by a Chilean judge. He says she apparently traveled by land to neighboring Argentina, before flying to the United States.

The charges she faces are related to a broader investigation of $27 million her father allegedly hid in foreign bank accounts. General Pinochet also has been charged with tax fraud.

His wife and four other adult children were detained Monday on charges relating to the tax fraud probe. They were freed on bail a day later.

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

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

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