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Pinochet immunity lifted in corruption case

[JURIST] Chile's Santiago Court of Appeals voted 21-3 Friday to strip Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] of political immunity in respect of a fraud charge against the 90-year-old former dictator, who was fingerprinted and photographed by Chilean police [JURIST report] on Wednesday in connection with a human rights proceeding for which his immunity had likewise been lifted. The fraud charge stems from an ongoing investigation into the embezzlement of millions of dollars of public funds during Pinochet’s rule from 1973-1990. In November, Pinochet was formally indicted for tax evasion [JURIST report] related to foreign bank accounts he held in at Riggs Bank in Washington, DC after a Chilean court lifted his immunity [JURIST report] in respect of that charge. EFE has more.

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