Thursday, December 17, 1998 Published at 23:27 GMT
Chilean Government relieved
Pinochet supporters hope for the General's return
By James Reynolds in Santiago
The Chilean government was quick to show its relief at the House of Lord's decision to hold a new hearing into whether former military leader Augusto Pinochet has state immunity.
President Eduardo Frei said he was pleased that the Law Lords had agreed to re-consider their earlier verdict.
Mr Frei said that it took the situation facing General Pinochet back to square one.
The Commander-in-Chief of the army, Ricardo Izurieta. has also welcomed the ruling.
Opposition calls for General's return
Opposition politicians have called for General Pinochet to be returned to Chile immediately. The House of Lord's decision has come as a surprise to many in Chile.
General Pinochet's supporters who make up a powerful minority in the country, say that this ruling gives them renewed hope that the former military leader will soon return to Chile.
Augusto Pinochet's opponents say they respect the decision taken by the House of Lords and they say they are confident that a new hearing will repeat the Lord's previous decision that General Pinochet does not have state immunity.