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Chile court grants Pinochet bail on some rights charges

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court on Monday allowed ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] to post bail for six of the nine human rights charges he faces relating to Operation Colombo [Wikipedia backgrounder; BBC World recorded audio]. Pinochet remains under house arrest, however, because the court did not rule on the remaining three rights charges Pinochet faces, but is requiring the defense team to submit an independent bail request before it will decide whether Pinochet can be freed from house arrest. Pinochet was indicted [JURIST report] in November for the disappearance of nine of the 119 members of a leftist revolutionary group kidnapped and believed to be murdered during the 1975 military operation. The former dictator also faces charges for corruption and tax evasion [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.

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