Chile high court imposes deadline for Pinochet rights trials

Chile high court imposes deadline for Pinochet rights trials

[JURIST] Chile's Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday that judges investigating charges of murder, torture and kidnappings under former dictator Augusto Pinochet's rule should file charges within six months or close their investigations. 365 human rights cases stemming from Pinochet's regime have been working their way through Chile's court system for the past several years with judges reaching verdicts in only eight cases. The six-month deadline imposed by the high court is seen as a victory for the former military officers facing trial. Reuters has more. From Santiago, La Nacion has local coverage.