Pinochet again arrested – this time in his homeland

Chilean officials have placed Augusto Pinochet under house arrest and presented him with an arrest order for alleged human rights abuses during his 1973-1990 dictatorship. Judge Juan Guzman reordered General Pinochet's arrest and trial on Monday in a landmark move local human rights activists called their most important victory in their 27-year-old fight to bring him to justice, Reuters reports. Supporters of General Pinochet claim the general stopped Chile from turning Marxist when he overthrew Allende. At the same time, an official 1991 report says more than 3,000 people disappeared or died amid political violence during General Pinochet's rule. Pinochet was detained in Britain in October 1998 at the request of a Spanish judge who wanted to try him on torture charges. General Pinochet spent 503 days under house arrest before returning home after Britain ruled he was too ill to be tried.

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