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Pinochet's Daughter Drops Bid for Asylum in US


The eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been taken into custody in Santiago, after returning from an unsuccessful bid for asylum in the United States.

Officials say Lucia Pinochet Hiriart was detained at the airport in Santiago Saturday on arrival from Washington. Like her mother, father and several siblings, she faces tax evasion charges linked to $27 million the family allegedly hid in overseas bank accounts.

Pinochet Hiriart fled Chile Sunday, a day before her mother and four siblings were detained there. They were freed on bail a day later.

In addition to the tax fraud charges, her father, Augusto Pinochet, also faces human rights charges related to his rule of Chile from 1973 to 1990.

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

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