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Retired Pinochet judge doubts dictator will ever be tried for crimes

[JURIST] Juan Guzman [BBC profile], the retired [JURIST report] judge who led efforts to try former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on human rights charges, told AP Monday that he doubts the dictator will ever be brought to justice. Last week, a court ruled that Pinochet could stand trial on tax evasion charges [JURIST report] connected to money held in US bank accounts [JURIST report], and though Pinochet has been stripped of his immunity at least four times, he has never successfully been tried for any of the crimes committed during his leadership. Last month, Chile's Supreme Court upheld [JURIST report] his acquittal on murder conspiracy charges stemming from "Operation Condor" [BBC report] where Pinochet was accused of ordering the political abductions and murders of left-wing dissidents. The acquittal [BBC report] was not based on the merits of the case, but instead was a decision that Pinochet was too ill to face trial. Many of the country's judges were appointed by Pinochet and Guzman believes a secret agreement exists ensuring he will never be tried. AP has more.

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