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Former Chilean Dictator Pinochet Leaves Hospital


Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet, 89, has been released from a Santiago hospital, one day after suffering a mild stroke.

A family spokesman says the retired general left the Santiago Military Hospital Wednesday to return to his home in the capital.

General Pinochet was hospitalized Tuesday after passing out at his home. His son says the former dictator remained unconscious for about 30 minutes.

General Pinochet has suffered several strokes in recent years.

The latest hospitalization forced a court to postpone a hearing on whether General Pinochet should be stripped of his immunity from prosecution for alleged misdeeds committed during his rule from 1973 to 1990.

More than 3,000 people died or disappeared during his 17-year rule.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.