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Friday, October 22, 1999 Published at 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK


Pinochet lodges appeal

The legal process could take a considerable time

Lawyers for former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet are appealing against a ruling that he can be extradited to Spain to stand trial on torture charges.

The pinochet File
The appeal for a writ of habeas corpus, to investigate the lawfulness of the ruling, is being lodged at the High Court in London.

A further appeal could then be made to the House of Lords before the case goes before Home Secretary Jack Straw for a final decision.

How long these further proceedings might take is difficult to predict.

It is now more than a year since the former dictator was arrested in London.

Earlier this month, Bow Street Magistrates' Court in central London committed him on 35 charges - one of conspiracy to torture and 34 of the torture of Chilean individuals.

General Pinochet immediately declared he was innocent of the crimes and challenged Spain's right to put him on trial.

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