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Tuesday, September 28, 1999 Published at 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK

World: Americas

Chile to fight Pinochet extradition

Chile is unhappy with the way General Pinochet has been treated

Chile says it will bring Spain before the United Nations' top court to contest their request for the extradition of former dictator Augusto Pinochet from the UK.

The pinochet File
A foreign ministry official said Chile would ask the International Court of Justice to rule that Spain's judiciary cannot judge him.

The spokesman said Chile would begin the proceedings before the end of the year.

Gen Pinochet is wanted in Spain on charges of human rights abuses in Chile during his 17 years of strong-arm rule.

The International Court of Justice hears disputes between states and its decisions are founded in international law. Its rulings are binding and without appeal.

In London, lawyers for General Augusto Pinochet are seeking to block a Spanish move to extradite the 83 year-old former Chilean leader.

The Spanish extradition request went into its second day on Tuesday.

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