On October 12, 2006, the Santiago Court of Appeals voted 16-2 to strip former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's presidential immunity in order to prosecute him for the kidnapping and murder of Eugenio Berrios. Berrios worked as a chemist for the Chilean secret police and was wanted for questioning in the assassination of Pinochet's political rival Orlando Letelier before his death. The decision marked the seventh time that Pinochet's immunity was lifted in order to prosecute him for criminal violations. Augusto Pinochet held power in Chile from 1973 to 1990, and there have been wide allegations of human rights abuses during his reign. He died on December 10, 2006, at age 91, without facing trial for any of the crimes of which he had been accused.
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