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Tuesday, January 12, 1999 Published at 16:21 GMT

World: Europe

Spanish judge to attend Pinochet hearing

The Spanish judge who is calling for the extradition of the former military leader of Chile, General Augusto Pinochet, is to travel to London next week to attend the hearing on the case in the House of Lords.

Spain's General Judicial Authority Council has authorised Judge Baltasar Garzon to attend the opening days Monday 18 Janaury and Tuesday 19 Januaryof the second hearing of an appeal against a High court decision that General Pinochet enjoys immunity from prosecution.

General Pinochet was arrested in London on 16 October on a warrant issued by Judge Baltasar Garzon.

The Spanish judge wants the general to stand trial in Spain for crimes against humanity, tortue and genocide.

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