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Chile high court authorizes international investigation into Pinochet accounts

[JURIST] Chile's Supreme Court said Thursday that a judge who has been investigating allegations of tax fraud against former dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC News profile; JURIST Newsmaker] can begin an international search for secret bank accounts belonging to Pinochet. Judge Sergio Munoz is investigating Pinochet's finances and is looking into allegations that Pinochet misused public funds and evaded taxes. Munoz has reportedly received permission to ask courts in the US, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and several other countries for more information about possible Pinochet accounts. Reuters has more. From Santiago, La Nacion has local coverage.

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