Wednesday, October 28, 1998 Published at 16:59 GMT
The legal case for Pinochet
Opponents of Pinochet want him brought to justice
The Lord Chief Justice said Pinochet is entitled to what is called sovereign immunity and as such immune from prosecution in the UK concerning actions carried out as a head of state. Our Legal Affairs Correspondent Joshua Rozenberg reports.
Lord Bingham said it was impossible to draw the line.
Another judge said it would be stretching the law to claim immunity from these crimes.
Costs of the trial were awarded to Pinochet, which means the British taxpayer will have to pay all the court costs.
There was some cheering from Pinochet supporters outside the court.
Leave to appeal has been granted to the House of Lords.
Counsel for the Spanish investigating judge, who is bringing this proceedings, will lodge the papers by 1600(GMT) on Monday.
There could be a hearing before the House of Lords by the end of next week
It was indicated that Pinochet might apply for bail, and could appear before Bow Street Magistrates Court.
The magistrate is being asked if the hearing can be held elsewhere, perhaps the hospital.
Lord Chief Justice Bingham said he was granting the appeal because of the importance of the case not because he thought that the three judges had not made a correct decision.
Other possible litigation
At first sight, this case must block all those applications for extradition, including the application being brought by Chilean exiles in the UK.
If he is entitled to state immunity, he could be entitled to immunity for any acts done in an official capacity wherever he was.
General Pinochet will remain in custody until the outcome of the appeal in the House of Lords is known.