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Chile's Supreme Court Refuses to Drop Human Rights Charges Against Pinochet

Chile's Supreme Court has refused to drop three human rights charges against former dictator General Augusto Pinochet.

In Santiago Monday, the court voted three-to-two to reject an appeal made by General Pinochet's lawyers that he is too ill to stand trial.

The former Chilean dictator is charged in connection with a series of alleged human rights abuses related to Operation Colombo, in which some 119 political opponents disappeared during Mr. Pinochet's rule in the mid-1970s.

He has also been indicted for tax fraud and other crimes related to some $27 million he allegedly hid in foreign banks.

General Pinochet's legal problems have increased in recent months as Chilean courts have continued to strip him of immunity from prosecution on a case by case basis. He has been under house arrest since late November.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.