Wednesday, December 2, 1998 Published at 02:30 GMT
Pinochet retreats to luxury estate
The ambulance carrying General Pinochet leaves the hospital
"It's a bit like having Adolf Hitler move in next door," was the verdict of one of General Augusto Pinochet's new neighbours.
He now waits to learn if he is to be extradited to Spain in connection with genocide and torture allegations during his rule in Chile.
That announcement is due on 11 December.
His new, temporary, residence is on the Wentworth estate - beside the Wentworth Golf Club, home to golf's World Matchplay championship.
It is not clear who owns the property where the general is now staying. Many of the large houses on the Wentworth estate are inhabited by diplomats and one local said that renting a mansion could cost the general £10,000 a month.
The state department stressed it did not have a public position on the legal cases against the general. A spokesman said that while documents had been provided to Madrid over the past year, it still felt Chilean Government opinion should be respected.
Leaving for luxury
The former Chilean military ruler was escorted out of the Grovelands Priory hospital in Southgate by a convoy of police cars.
Police Commander Carl Crathern, responsible for policing the North Surrey Division, said: "I can confirm that General Pinochet is now in residence in a house on the Wentworth estate."
Spain sets out its position
The Spanish Government has reiterated its position on his extradition.
Spain's Foreign Minister Abel Matutes told his Chilean opposite number, Jose Miguel Insulza, he could not intervene in the extradition process.
Mr Insulza said judicial decisions on General Pinochet's fate should not be influenced by political considerations.
Earlier, he met the speaker of the lower house of the Spanish parliament, Federico Trillo, and said the former dictator was unlikely to get a fair trial if extradited.
He said: "The political climate in Spain is not favourable to General Pinochet and that carries weight in the judicial process even beyond the will of the judges to be impartial."