Pinochet charged with tax evasion

General Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean dictator, has been charged with
tax evasion and passport fraud.

The 89-year-old has been placed under house arrest in Chile, and may
face trial in relation to the charges. Previous cases against Pinochet,
involving alleged human rights violations, collapsed due to his ill health.

In March 2000, the UK refused to extradite Pinochet to faces charges of
torture in Spain. He returned to Chile, where he remained immune from
prosecution until June this year.

The new charges relate to $27m (£15.6m) he has allegedly hidden in overseas
bank accounts. He is also facing allegations of misleading officials over his
assets and using forged government documents.

Pincohet has been investigated for funds it is claimed he held in Riggs Bank
in the US, among other foreign accounts.

Last week, the general who will be 90 on Firday, was declared fit to stand
trial by psychiatrists. He could also face trial for the number of people
allegedly murdered by his regime.

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