Tuesday, December 14, 2004

A time for justice

A Chilean court has indicted Augusto Pinochet on charges stemming from the systematic disappearance and murder of opposition figures during his 17-year regime. He has now been placed under house arrest. Most significantly, the judge ruled that Pinochet was competent to stand trial - that his ability to give lucid TV interviews for his supporters showed that his excuse of ill-health (used to escape justice in the UK several years ago) was nothing more than a fraud. This allows several other investigations into murders during his regime to go ahead.

After over thirty years, there may finally be some justice for Pinochet's victims.