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Pinochet Placed Under House Arrest in Chile


Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been placed under house arrest on charges relating to human rights abuses at the notorious Villa Grimaldi prison in the 1970s.

A judge in Santiago ordered the arrest on Friday. Judge Alejandro Solis charged Pinochet in connection with 35 disappearances, 23 cases of torture, and one murder at the prison.

A Santiago court ordered a probe into the human rights abuses as part of an ongoing investigation into charges Pinochet hid $28 million in several foreign banks.

Pinochet's family has denied the claims about the money, and at least one bank has disputed the report.

Pinhochet has previously been placed under house arrest on charges of crimes committed during his rule. But he has never been prosecuted because Chilean courts have ruled the 90-year-old is physically and mentally unfit to stand trial.

However, in January Chilean courts stripped Pinochet of the immunity he enjoyed as a former president.

He ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.