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Chile's Pinochet Acquitted of 'Operation Condor' Charges

15 September 2005

Chile's Supreme Court has dropped some human rights charges against former dictator, Augusto Pinochet, one day after lifting his legal immunity.

The high court on Thursday upheld the acquittal of the 89-year-old former military dictator by a lower court on charges stemming from an event known as "Operation Condor," in which several South American dictators joined forces to rid themselves of political opponents.

But the retired general faces a number of other charges. The Supreme Court voted Wednesday to allow him to be tried for an event known as "Operation Colombo," in which 119 leftist dissidents disappeared in July 1975. The Chilean government previously said that they died during the fights between rebel factions.

General Pinochet ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990, during which time more than 3,000 people died in political violence.

Some information in this story provided by AP and AFP.

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