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Thursday, April 15, 1999 Published at 08:21 GMT 09:21 UK

UK Politics

Jack Straw's statement

Home Secretary Jack Straw made a brief statement after announcing his decision to allow extradition proceedings against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to continue. This is the full text:

"Following the judgement of the House of Lords in the case of Senator Pinochet on the 24th of March, I considered afresh the issues before me relating to his extradition.

"I have considered all the representations that I have received and then taken full account of my duties under the law.

"I have decided to issue an authority to proceed in respect of his extradition, for reasons that have been set out in greater detail in a letter which has been sent to the parties.

"Thank you very much."

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