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Pinochet daughter requests US political asylum

[JURIST] Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], requested political asylum in the US Wednesday after being detained [JURIST report] at Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. US Ambassador to Chile Craig Kelly [official profile] informed Chilean Interior Minister Francisco Vidal of the request, which Hiriart made after US authorities denied her entry because the Chilean government had issued a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear [BBC report] to answer to charges of tax evasion [JURIST report]. AP has more. From Chile, La Nacion provides extended local coverage [in Spanish].

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