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Chile Supreme Court Postpones Ruling on Pinochet Indictment

Chile's Supreme Court has postponed a ruling on whether murder and kidnapping charges against former dictator Augusto Pinochet should proceed.

No date has been set for the announcement of a ruling. The court's postponement came as General Pinochet was released from the hospital Wednesday after treatment for a stroke. Hospital officials say the 89-year-old former dictator, who suffered the stroke on Saturday, will continue his recovery at home.

The former ruler was indicted a week ago with one count of murder and nine counts of kidnapping. The charges stem from "Operation Condor," a plan implemented in the 1970s by Latin American military leaders to repress political opposition.

More than 3,000 people were killed in Chile for political reasons during General Pinochet's 17-year rule, which ended in 1990.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.