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Pinochet's son sells former dictator's suits

Monday, August 13th 2007 - 21:00 UTC
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More than 20 suits used by Pinochet are “For Sale” More than 20 suits used by Pinochet are “For Sale”

Clothes of the late Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean military leader, has been put up for sale by his son at a central Santiago tailor's shop, but only to customers identified as the Chilean dictator's supporters, reports say.

The suits and jackets were worn by Pinochet from the 1980s until he died last year; the suits were for everyday use, not ceremonies, said Mr Pinochet Hiriart. The suits are being sold from a D'Adriany's tailor shop in central Santiago for more than $2,000 each, La Tercera said. The tailor shop has only placed a dinner jacket in its window with a sign "For Sale," on it, while the other garments are inside protected by special wrapping "All I can say is that these suits are used, including by myself. My father gave them to me a long time ago," the late dictator's son said. "They are the best, modern suits that he used at home or to go out for special activities, though not for special ceremonies," Mr Pinochet Hiriart was quoted as saying. Gen Pinochet took power in a 1973 military coup which overthrew the elected Marxist President Salvador Allende. Pinochet, who died on December 10, 2006, brutally wielded power in Chile from 1973 to 1990, and some 3,000 people were killed or disappeared during his regime. Many of their families are still seeking justice and he faced a number of human rights-related charges in court up until his death.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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