French arrest warrant for Pinochet

25th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 22 (AFP) - Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been summonsed to appear in a Paris court to answer questions about the disappearance of four French citizens during his 1973-1990 rule, officials said Friday.

PARIS, Oct 22 (AFP) - Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been summonsed to appear in a Paris court to answer questions about the disappearance of four French citizens during his 1973-1990 rule, officials said Friday.  

The 88-year-old retired general, who is under house arrest in the Chilean capital Santiago, has been named in an arrest warrant along with 20 other people, most of them also former Chilean military officers.  

The documents against them say they are wanted for illegal "arrests, abduction and detention accompanied by acts of torture" or complicity in those crimes.  

They are suspected of having ordered or participated in the arrest and detention of four French citizens who were in Chile at the time and who are the subject of an official French probe. The case of a fifth French person has not been elucidated.  

The investigating magistrate in charge of the case, Sophie Clement, is expected to start proceedings that will lead to a trial sometime next year that could take place in the absence of Pinochet and the others named.  

According to doctor who examined Pinochet recently, the former Chilean president is not mentally nor physically fit to stand trial in his own country for any of the 3,000 opponents to his regime who were abducted and killed.

© AFP

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