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Pinochet Indicted on Human Rights Violations


Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is spending his 90th birthday Friday under house arrest after a judge charged him with human rights violations.

The charges, which were leveled against the former dictator Thursday, stem from the disappearance of seven people arrested by General Pinochet's security services in the early years of his 1973 to 1990 rule. They were among 119 people who disappeared while in custody in a case known as "Operation Colombo."

This is the second indictment in two days against the former dictator. General Pinochet had just made bail following his indictment Wednesday on charges of tax evasion, corruption and using false passports in a case involving an estimated $27 million hidden in foreign bank accounts.

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

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