Pinochet daughter returns to Chile after dropping US asylum bid

[JURIST] Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, the eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was taken into custody by Chilean authorities Saturday when she flew in from Buenos Aires to face charges of tax evasion. Met at the airport by the federal judge in charge of her case, she was immediately taken away for arraignment. Officials at the US Department of Homeland Security said Friday that she had withdrawn her request [JURIST report] for political asylum in the United States and had been sent back to Argentina, the last place she had been prior to her US arrival. Pinochet Hiriart was temporarily held in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement [official website] after officials detained [JURIST report] her at Dulles Airport in Washington, DC Wednesday after she fled from Chile where she and other members of the Pinochet family have been charged with various counts of tax fraud [JURIST report]. US officials said Friday they were unsure why Pinochet Hiriart withdrew her request for asylum; after her return Pinochet Hiriart said "There was so much being said about me in Chile that I preferred to come and show my face and clear the air." Reuters has more. From Chile, La Nacion has local coverage [in Spanish].

 

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