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Thursday, 2 March, 2000, 11:14 GMT
Quote unquote: Pinochet reaction

General Pinochet: 16 months held in Britain
I was driven to the conclusion that a trial of the charges against senator Pinochet, however desirable, was simply no longer possible. Home Secretary Jack Straw.

The only place where he could be tried fairly is in Chile. Lord Lamont

He wanted human rights protection for himself but not for his victims. Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn

The pinochet File
We have tried to make the world listen, we wanted justice, we are not getting it. Protester Henrika Harkko

I feel sick. This decision has killed justice. Protester Fedor Castello

His health has been broken, the reputation of our courts has been tarnished and vast sums of public money have been squandered for a political vendetta. Baroness Thatcher

If Mr Pinochet is well enough to face the flight to Chile, then he is certainly well enough to fly to Spain - it's a much shorter flight. Mark, Netherlands, to BBC News Online's talking point

I cannot believe that anyone has gained satisfaction from the way this case has been handled. Shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe

He was told in a telephone call very shortly before it was made public. He will have been delighted. Pinochet adviser Patrick Robertson



Lady Thatcher: "Political vendetta"
This drawn out saga shows that an International Criminal Court is desperately needed and cannot be set up too soon. Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes

It's a most unsuitable place to hold political prisoners. Now life can get back to normal. Wentworth residents' association chairman Barry Hughes

At last the home secretary has summoned up the courage to end a grand farce laced with treachery. Tory peer Lord Tebbit

He is very fond of this country... but it's very unlikely he will come back. Pinochet's friend Peter Schaad

The war against human rights abuse goes on and can be won. Ann Clwyd MP, who chairs the Parliamentary Human Rights Group

His health has been broken, the reputation of our courts has been tarnished and vast sums of public money have been squandered for a political vendetta. Lady Thatcher

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