Pinochet suffers stroke day before immunity hearing

[JURIST] Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] suffered a stroke Tuesday and was taken to the hospital a day before the Santiago Appeals Court was to consider whether he could be tried for crimes against his regime's opponents. Pinochet, who reportedly collapsed while eating breakfast and lost conciousness, was to face the court as it decided whether to remove his immunity and try him for involvement in "Operation Colombo" [BBC report] which resulted in the murder and abduction of many of his political opponents. It is the second stroke Pinochet has suffered in a month and his son claims he is not able to comprehend the charges against him. AFP has more.



 

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