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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Chile high court upheld Pinochet acquittal
Kimberly Bennett at 12:00 AM ET

On September 15, 2005, Chile's Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges that he ordered political abductions and murders in the 1970s. The abductions and murders were part of the political campaign "Operation Condor," which commenced in order to eliminate political opponents. The day before, the Chilean Supreme Court had lifted Pinochet's immunity concerning his involvement in another political campaign, "Operation Colombo." Pinochet's military regime was responsible for approximately 40,018 victims of torture and exile, including approximately 3,065 deaths.

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