London and Santiago

Mary Helen Spooner

in The General's Slow Retreat

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520256132
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948761 | DOI:
London and Santiago

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It had become Pinochet's custom to travel abroad in late September after Chile's two-day independence celebrations, the fiestas patrias, with its annual military parade. In 1998 he was looking forward to a trip to the United Kingdom. For more than three years, Baltasar Garzón, a judge on Spain's Audiencia Nacional, the national court, had been investigating the deaths and disappearances of Spanish citizens in Chile following the 1973 coup. Garzón also wanted to interview Pinochet about these cases and knew he would have little chance to do so in Chile. The news of Pinochet's visit to London presented a rare opportunity, but he would have to move fast. On the evening of October 16, officers of the London Metropolitan Police arrived at the London Clinic to serve Pinochet with the detention order. This marked the beginning of one of the world's most complex judicial cases, a watershed in international law that some legal scholars considered one of the most important legal events since the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals.

Keywords: Augusto Pinochet; Baltasar Garzón; detention

Chapter.  8175 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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