Friday, December 11, 1998 Published at 19:16 GMT
Defiant Pinochet blasts 'Spanish lies'
General Pinochet, as seen by his opponents outside the court
Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet has made a brief appearance in court, during which he refused to recognise the right to be tried by any court outside Chile.
It was his first public appearance since he was arrested two months ago at the request of Spanish judges who want to try him for genocide, terrorism and torture relating to his 1973 to 1990 rule in Chile.
"With respect to Your Honour, I do not recognise the jurisdiction of any other court, except in my country, to try me against all the lies of Spain," he told Chief Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate Graham Parkinson.
The magistrate adjourned the extradition proceedings until Monday, 18 January, at Bow Street Magistrates Court, but General Pinochet, who was remanded on bail, will not be required to appear.
They will say that the links between the most junior of the five judges who passed the 3-2 majority decision, Lord Hoffman, to the human rights group Amnesty International, create a conflict of interest.
If that measure is rejected, they will ask the Appeal Court to overturn Home Secretary Jack Straw's decision to allow extradition proceedings to go ahead.
Separated by mounted police, they massed behind barriers on opposing sides of the road, chanting slogans and waving banners in peaceful protest.
More than 250 journalists were also crammed in behind metal barricades in anticipation.
The police took no chances with more than 100 officers surrounding the court, carrying out bomb checks and searching protesters with metal detectors.
Helicopters buzzed overhead and up to 20 officers in Range Rovers, vans, cars and motorcycles escorted his green Ford Galaxy people carrier, while he hid behind overcoats in the back.
Next week, the home secretary will face questions in Parliament about how much it is costing to maintain the high levels of security around the general.
Tory MP Gerald Howarth said: "Whenever this sorry episode comes to an end, the figure could easily run into millions. It will be astronomical."
In a separate development in Madrid on Thursday Judge Baltasar Garzon formally indicted General Pinochet for genocide, terrorism and torture and asked for his assets to be frozen worldwide.
Chile later announced it is suspending official visits and meetings with UK ministers and recommending a temporary end to flights to the Falkland Islands.