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Pinochet Stroke May Prevent Trial

Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's suffered a stroke Saturday, ahead of a court ruling expected on Monday whether he should be tried in a human rights case.

The Military Hospital of Santiago said General Pinochet's condition has improved, and he is in stable condition. Health problems have prevented him from standing trial before.

The former dictator suffers from mild dementia, and Chilean courts have, in the past, ruled him mentally unfit to stand trial for human rights abuses committed during his 17-year rule. But earlier this week, Chilean judge Juan Guzman ruled the 89-year-old fit to stand trial, and charged him with one count of murder and nine counts of kidnapping.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.