November 23, 2005
Ex-Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been indicted on charges of tax evasion and corruption by a court that is hoping he will actually be declared fit to stand trial. This is the first time he’s been indicted on anything other than the massive human rights abuses under his rule that began in the 70’s. Pinochet had never been on trial either, as each time he is indicted, courts have blocked the resultant cases due to his failing health. This time, court-appointed doctors have said he is fit to stand trial, although his lawyers are sure to dispute that ruling before he gets anywhere near the stand.
This indictment comes on the heels of the court’s landmark decision in July of this year to strip him of legal immunity. As I mentioned on Jayne Doodles at the time, the decision was a huge statement for the pursuit of justice over corruption and official abuse in South America.