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October 16, 1998

Discussion in '"Today in History", Literature & Media Review' started by Martin Rohmann, Oct 15, 2021.

  1. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Tug Of War For A Butcher!


    On October 16, 1998, the former Chilean dictator, General (and "Senator") Augusto Pinochet-Ugarte is arrested on the basis of a Spanish arrest warrant in a private clinic in London...:

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    He just came back from visiting his old companion Maggie Thatcher ...:

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    A Spanish extradition request has been filed against Pinochet, who is in London for treatment of a back problem, on suspicion of genocide, state terrorism and torture ...

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    ... which the Spanish examining magistrate Balthasar Garzòn signed after years of investigation.

    When the arrest of Pinochet became known internationally ...

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    ... Switzerland immediately submitted an extradition request in the same directiont becaise of the Swiss journalist Alexi Jaccard, who "disappeared" without a trace ...

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    Jaccard was arrested by the Chilean secret service in Argentina on behalf of the tyrant Pinochet - and never turned up again.

    On September 11, 1973, the butcher Pinochet, with the active support of the US secret service CIA, had the democratically legitimized Popular Front government of left-wing President Salvador Allende ...

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    ... toppled by a military coup and himself chaired a military junta and dictator ...

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    ... and - later - made himself president ...:

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    Salvador Allende (with helmet and AK 47) ...

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    ... was killed in defense of the presidential palace "La Moneda" against the putschists ...:

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    Here they carry his corpse away ...:

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    During the 17 years of Pinochet's rule of tyranny, countless people were systematically persecuted, tortured and murdered ...:

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    By the way:

    Besides Spain, there was only one other country in Europe that willingly accepted a large number of politically persecuted people during the Pinochet dictatorship: that was the GDR!

    A commission set up by the Chilean state recognized 27,255 political prisoners. Other sources suspect some 10,000 more victims. 13% of the detainees were women, 94% were tortured. Torture was carried out in all regions of Chile, mainly in concentration camps, prisons, barracks and on ships.

    The "Desparicidos", the "disappeared", were either buried in mass graves in remote areas or "dropped" on helicopters over the Pacific, some of them still alive!

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    The persecution of Chilean opposition activists also resulted in violent crimes by the Chilean military abroad. For example, in September 1976, the former Chilean ambassador to the United States, Orlando Letelier, was killed by a car bomb in Washington.

    CIA documents released in 2015 show that Pinochet personally ordered the murder and that his intelligence chief Manuel Contreras ...

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    ... had commissioned with it.

    General Carlos Prats...

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    ... Pinochet's predecessor as army commander, was killed in the same way in Buenos Aires two years earlier ...:

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    The Chilean secret service DINA - trained by the CIA - was responsible for both attacks, and it also has the Swiss journalist Jaccard on its conscience.


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  2. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Part II


    Immediately after Pinochet's arrest in London, a bitter legal tug-of-war begins over the future of the mass murderer ...:

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    First of all, the British government incomprehensibly grants him "house arrest" instead of a prison cell - you don't want to spoil any of the sides!

    The Chileans want him back because the government there fears unrest - Pinochet still has many sympathizers in the military and establishment.

    The Spaniards want to see him in court because of several murdered Spanish citizens! Just like the Swiss!

    After two trials before the British High Court, it was established in March 1999:

    First:
    The Spanish extradition request outweighs the Swiss one, as more Spanish victims are affected.
    However, if Spain withdraws its extradition request, the Swiss will have a chance.

    Secondly:
    As a Chilean "senator for life", Pinochet has no diplomatic immunity - so it can be extradited.

    Third:
    Pinochet may not be prosecuted in Spain for acts prior to 1988, as Great Britain only acceded to the UN Convention against Torture in 1988.

    After that the British Home Secretary Jack Straw decides ...

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    ... that the butcher can be extradited to Spain, where one triumphs.

    Too early, as quickly becomes apparent.

    The Chilean government is now becoming active again and is officially asking the British to release Pinochet to Chile "for humanitarian reasons" because of his old age.

    "Humanity"! This medal-hung killer didn't even know that such a word existed!

    The Holy See in Rome hastily replied to this request. There one seems to remember the ominous tradition of standing up for all kinds of mass murderers of all nationalities if they are only "good Catholics".

    And the phrase of the "good Catholic" Pinochet ...

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    ... is promptly also found in the diplomatic note of the curia to the British!

    Now, after the judges, the doctors have the floor - and a medical commission attests the 84-year-old bloody old man "difficulty concentrating and memory loss after several minor strokes".

    The British Minister Straw then changed his vote and ordered the unconditional release of the ex-dictator.

    The "seriously ill" Pinochet leaves his London domicile in a wheelchair on the same day ...

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    ... drives to the airport in a hurry ...

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    ... and takes a special machine that is already waiting there and sent by the Chilean state.

    On March 2, 2000, he landed in the capital, Santiago de Chile, where his supporters received him enthusiastically.

    During the flight he was evidently closer to God than usual, because a spontaneous miracle healing must have taken place in the air!

    When he falls around his killer companions at the airport, it becomes clear that the man can actually move around on his own two feet without a wheelchair! Hallelujah!

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    In Chile, the butcher Pinochet is not thrown a hair - but to be on the safe side, his lawyers have him certified as "persistent inability to stand trial" because of "subcortical, vascular dementia".

    On December 10, 2006, the most cruel dictator in South American history dies ...:

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    Hopefully his death was long and as torturous as that of most of his victims!
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  3. Nap A Fixture

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    A truely evil man in every respect

    Thanks for the thread

    Nap
  4. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

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    England
    When I worked for the police, we had a guy transfer in from the Met. He was retiring from uniformed duty and "re-starting" in a civilian job in our force. He had been on the Met Diplomatic Protection unit and his most notable job was looking after this murderous asshole during his period of "house arrest". Coincidentally, he had also spent some time keeping an eye on Pinochet's best mate in the UK, one Margaret Hilda Thatcher, after her term of office.
    Unbelievable what this man Pinochet got up to, and with the connivance of the CIA, the Holy See, and the UK government.
    Thanks for reminding me Martin(y)

    Phil

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