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Chilean court orders to return $4.8m to Pinochet’s family

Thursday, June 22nd 2017 - 20:19 UTC
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Augusto Pinochet ruled Chile as a dictatorship from Sept. 11 1973 until March 11, 1990 Augusto Pinochet ruled Chile as a dictatorship from Sept. 11 1973 until March 11, 1990

A Chilean appeals court Wednesday ruled that $4.8-million in cash and assets frozen during a legal investigation is to be returned to the family of late longtime dictator Augusto Pinochet.

In a split ruling that still could be appealed, the Chilean court ordered “to return money and property seized from the family of Augusto Pinochet Ugarte” worth $4,894,638.

The assets have been seized by the courts since the investigation of the so-called Riggs case in 2004.

The assets to be returned to the heirs of the Chilean ex-dictator who was in power from 1973 to 1990 are 24 properties, three vehicles and seven bank accounts, according to the ruling.

In the same decision, six retired army officers were acquitted of misappropriating public funds, reversing a ruling handed down by Judge Manuel Valderrama in 2013.

Valderrama had condemned officers who served in the Chilean Military House and would have helped Pinochet to hide part of his fortune in Washington's Riggs bank. In connection with the Riggs case, Pinochet was exonerated, as a former president.

He was acquitted after his death, at 91, of a heart attack in 2006. (AP)

Categories: Politics, Chile.

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  • Enrique Massot

    If there were a hell, Pinochet would be burning forever there as a merciless destroyer of human beings and Chile's democratic legitimacy.

    Jun 25th, 2017 - 02:54 pm +1
  • Condorito

    Enrique: In what way does our democracy lack legitimacy?

    Jun 27th, 2017 - 08:17 am +1
  • What If

    Couldn't agree more and who looked after him in the UK? for quite some time if i remember.

    Jun 25th, 2017 - 09:25 pm 0
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