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Pinochet Has Died At 91

BBC : Chile's former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died at the age of 91. The general entered a Santiago hospital a week ago after a hear

BBC :

Chile's former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died at the age of 91.

The general entered a Santiago hospital a week ago after a heart attack. He was thought to be recovering when his condition suddenly worsened on Sunday.

Gen Pinochet seized power in a coup against an elected government in 1973. More than 3,000 people were killed or "disappeared" over the next 17 years.

He was accused of dozens of human rights violations and fraud but never faced trial due to poor health.

[..]Opponents have expressed anger that Gen Pinochet died without justice being done over the charges that had been brought.

Supporters gather outside Gen Pinochet's residence to mark his 91st birthday on 25 November. Despite his human rights record, the general had staunch supporters.

"What saddens me is that this criminal has died without having been sentenced and I believe the responsibility the state bears in this has to be considered", human rights lawyer Hugo Gutierrez told La Tercera Online. Read on...


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