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Former Chilean Dictator Charged with Tax Evasion

Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been charged with tax evasion and corruption related to multi-million-dollar bank accounts he allegedly opened in the United States and other countries.

Court officials in Santiago say General Pinochet, who will be 90 on Friday, has been placed under house arrest.

Judge Carlos Cerda has questioned the former dictator three times during the past two weeks over some $27 million prosecutors allege he hid in foreign accounts.

The general's wife and youngest son have been indicted as accomplices.

General Pinochet also faces charges in the disappearances and deaths of 119 leftist opponents in 1975 and is suspected of involvement in hundreds of other deaths while he was in power from 1973-1990.