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


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

In Santiago Tuesday, the court rejected an appeal made by General Pinochet's lawyers that he is too ill to stand trial.

A day earlier, the court rejected similar appeals in other cases against the former dictator, who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990.

General Pinochet is charged in connection with a series of alleged human rights abuses related to Operation Colombo, in which some 119 political opponents disappeared in the mid-1970s.

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

In recent months, Chilean courts have steadily stripped General Pinochet 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 AP.