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Police take Pinochet's mug shot
Augusto Pinochet
General Pinochet is under house arrest
Chile's former ruler Augusto Pinochet has been fingerprinted and photographed by police, as part of his indictment over killings and disappearances.

The general's picture was taken from the front and the side at his mansion in the Chilean capital Santiago.

A lawyer for 90-year-old Gen Pinochet called it "an affront to a former president of the republic".

On Monday the supreme court ruled he was fit to stand trial over the 1975 disappearance of political opponents.

The court rejected an appeal saying he should not be sent for trial because of poor health.

In the past, courts have dismissed cases against Gen Pinochet on medical grounds.

He has been under house arrest in Santiago since being indicted on 24 November by Judge Victor Montiglio - the same judge who ordered his details be taken on Wednesday.

The indictment relate to a case that became known as Operation Colombo, in which at least 119 people were believed to have been abducted and later murdered.

The former regime said all had died in clashes between rival opposition groups.

More than 3,000 people were killed when Gen Pinochet was in power from 1973 to 1990.

The general is also facing tax evasion charges in connection to his foreign bank accounts, but this is the first time he has been fingerprinted and photographed.

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