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.