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Chile court frees Pinochet assets to pay back taxes

[JURIST] A Chilean court Monday freed a portion of former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet's previously-frozen assets [JURIST report] to allow the ex-dictator to pay five years of back taxes. Judge Sergio Munoz froze the assets last year after finding that Pinochet [JURIST news archive] and his family put about $17 million in some 100 foreign bank accounts which were never reported to Chilean authorities. Chile's revenue department has indicated that it will persist in its tax fraud case against him [JURIST report] even if the back taxes are paid. Reuters has more.

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