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Chilean court approves bail for Pinochet

[JURIST] The Chilean Court of Appeals on Wednesday approved bail of $3500 for former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet [JURIST Newsmaker]. Pinochet is being tried on nine counts of kidnapping, and one count of homicide which are alleged to have occured during in Chile during his 1973-1990 dictatorship. The court also rejected a request by an Argentine judge to strip Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution that Pinochet could be questioned about the 1974 assassination in Argentina of his military predecessor. On Monday, Judge Juan Guzman, who initially put Pinochet under house arrest, approved bail, a decision that required affirmation by the Court of Appeals. Court of Appeals President Juan Gonzalez stated that both decisions, which favor Pinochet, were unanimous. From Santiago, El Mostrador provides local coverage in Spanish. AP has more.

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