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Friday, August 13, 1999 Published at 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK

World: Europe

Pinochet authorises Spanish lawyers

Two Spanish lawyers have been authorized by Chile's former military ruler, Augusto Pinochet, to represent him in a possible trial in Spain.

Mr Pinochet is under house arrest in Britain awaiting extradition proceedings to Spain where he is wanted on charges of crimes against humanity.

The lawyers, Fernando Escardo and Jose Mari Stampa Braun, presented a power of attorney signed by Mr Pinochet to the Spanish High Court.

But Mr Escardo said in a BBC interview this did not mean that they recognised the right of Spanish courts to judge Mr Pinochet.

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