Judge arrests Pinochet
Judge arrests Pinochet. Clinton is next. Death Squads. Chile. Colombia. Drug
Death Squad generalissimo Augusto Pinochet gets his just reward today for
overthrowing an elected government in 1973, and murdering and torturing
thousands in Chile. Clinton will get his just reward soon. For consciously
funding and training Colombian Drug-War, Death Squads. We will NEVER forget.
Murder is murder is murder. And complicity to murder. The Death Squads are just
another arm of the powers-that-be worldwide. Here in the USA the powers-that-be
fund and control their Republicrat one-party dictatorship.
Wherever they are, Death Squads are usually just the armed lobbyists of a
corporate-controlled government gone mad. Drugs are just the latest
"crime" used by these true criminals and mass-murderers to justify
their power. "Commies" and "drug-fiends" and union
organizers and land reformers. Any reason or "crime" will do. Even
democracy has not impeded the death squads. Only constant vigilance can keep
their bloodlust in check. How many people has Bush executed today?
*Drug War, Death Squad LINKS worldwide. Revised. Huge LINKS
list. Lists in alphabetical and chronological order.
Chile Judge Orders Arrest, Trial of Pinochet
By Tiffany Woods
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean judge on Friday ordered Gen. Augusto Pinochet
placed under house arrest and tried on charges of kidnapping and homicide during
his 1973-1990 rule, making it possible for the former dictator to be put on
trial for the first time, a court order said.
A Chilean judge ordered the arrest and trial of Gen. Augusto Pinochet
December 1, 2000 for alleged kidnapping during his 1973-1990 dictatorship.
According to an official report, 3,197 people died or disappeared in political
violence during Pinochet's rule. He is seen greeting supporters on his 85th
birthday outside his house in Santiago, November 25. Photo by Claudia Daut
A date has not been disclosed for a possible trial. Pinochet's legal team has
said it will file a motion on Saturday to block his arrest.
Judge Juan Guzman ordered the arrest for allegedly planning and organizing
the deaths and/or disappearances of 77 leftists and union leaders, human rights
lawyer Jose Galiano said.
The 77 were alleged to be victims of the "Death Caravan," a
military squad in a helicopter that landed in selected towns in Chile,
particularly in the north, in the initial days after Pinochet's Sept. 11, 1973,
Court sources said Pinochet, 85, had not yet been told of the arrest warrant
when it was announced. The Pinochet Foundation said he was in Bucalemu, 80 miles
(130 km) west of Santiago.
"This disappoints me. Without even questioning him, Pinochet is being
put on trial," said Pinochet advisor Fernando Barros.
Human rights lawyer Eduardo Contreras cried victory. "I can't hide the
emotion I feel upon seeing an unbiased judge apply the law. Chileans are not
afraid to judge a dictator," he said.
The government reiterated its stance that the country's justice system must
work independently. "The most important thing is that Chileans are equal
under the law. We must let the courts do their job," said government
spokesman Claudio Huepe.
For years, opponents have wanted to try Pinochet, but the nation's courts
refused to open cases against him. It was not until January 1998, when the
Communist Party filed a lawsuit against him, that crusader Guzman decided to
Guzman, who has traveled the country digging up unidentified corpses believed
to be killed by the military during the dictatorship, is now examining more than
180 lawsuits against Pinochet and some of his colleagues.
According to an official report, 3,197 people died or disappeared and are
presumed dead in political violence during Pinochet's 17-year rule, including 90
Guzman's latest order caught Chile by surprise because Pinochet was first
expected to undergo psychological exams, legally required in Chile for anyone
over 70 who faces a trial. A date for the tests has not been disclosed. Pinochet
could escape trial if they show he is mad or demented.
Guzman's order came on the same day that Vicente Fox took over as president
in Mexico, ending 71 years of one-party rule.
And it came amid dramatic change in other Latin American nations including
neighboring Peru, which is awaiting a new presidential election after Congress
declared Alberto Fujimori "morally unfit" to govern after a corruption
And in Argentina, courts are probing human rights abuses for possible links
to Pinochet. Argentina has requested the extradition of Pinochet, who just
recovered from pneumonia, for his suspected role in the 1974 car-bomb murder of
Chile's former army chief, Carlos Prats, who opposed Pinochet's coup.
Last month, an Argentine federal court sentenced former Chilean intelligence
officer Enrique Arancibia to life in prison for planting the bomb that killed
Prats and his wife.
Also in November, Chilean Judge Sergio Munoz charged army Gen. Hernan Ramirez
with alleged involvement in the 1982 homicide of a union leader during
In October 1998, police detained him in Britain at the request of a Spanish
judge who wanted to try him on charges of torture. He spent 503 days in custody
before being allowed to return home after Britain ruled he was too old and sick
to undergo trial in Spain.
Spain and Britain hailed Guzman's decision.
"It is a positive step for universal justice and the citizens of Chile
to affirm their independence and their ability to apply the law to the biggest
criminal in the history of Chile," said Joan Garces, a Spanish lawyer.
London-based Amnesty International said: "For years there have been
layers of impunity in Chile. At long last they are being peeled away."
"This arrest is a great victory for Pinochet's thousands of
victims," said Jose Miguel Vivanco, executive director of Human Rights
Watch's Americas division. "It does credit to Chilean democracy and to its
--- end of December 1, 2000 Reuters article ---
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Democrat flunkies follow. Huge LINKS list! Amnesty 2000. Revised
edition. GOP's holy war. Drug war leaders: rabid right, hate radio, hate
television, NRA (National Rifle Association), religious right, (snortin') George
Bush the hypocrite, etc..
*Greens and the Drug War. Worldwide. LINKS. Green Party
candidates, positions, platforms, etc.. Concerning the Drug War, cannabis,
marijuana, harm reduction, etc.. Ralph Nader info, links.
*9-00. MAP/DrugNews SEARCH SHORTCUT for many press articles about RALPH
NADER's September 8, 2000 press conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he
called for legalizing cannabis/marijuana, and for harm reduction drug reform.
Ralph Nader "called for the legalization of marijuana as part of an
overhaul of the nation's 'self-defeating and antiquated drug laws.' ...
Legalizing marijuana, Nader said, would allow the government to regulate and
potentially tax its use like tobacco products." -Albuquerque Journal,
September 8, 2000.