The arrest of general augusto pinochet in october 1998 was a wake up call to tyrants everywhere the two subsequent rulings by the british house of lords rejecting his claim of immunity forged legal history. This book traces the legal proceedings in the pinochet case from the investigation in spain through the october 1999 ruling by a london magistrate that pinochet could be extradited to spain to the final decision to release pinochet for health reasons. The pinochet papers the case of augusto pinochet in spain and britain edited by reed brody and michael ratner kluwer law international the hague london boston. In spain the court of appeal of the audiencia nacional affirmed spanish jurisdiction over argentine and chilean cases declaring that domestic amnesty laws in the case of chile the 1978 amnesty law passed by pinochets regime could not bind the spanish courts. Summary the pinochet papers augusto pinochets 1998 arrest in britain and the resulting legal battle to approve his extradition to spain remain a landmark precedent despite the eventual failure to approve the extradition
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