Pinochet Seeks Permission to Move
LONDON (AP) _ Gen. Augusto Pinochet is to move from his rented country mansion at the end of the month, and associates of the former Chilean dictator have asked police if a seaside location would be suitable, the Daily Telegraph reported Monday.
Pinochet, 83, has been under house arrest since October 1998 on a Spanish warrant seeking his extradition to face trial for alleged human rights abuses during his 17-year rule.
The lease of the house he is renting in the upscale Wentworth Estate, 20 miles west of London, ends this month, the Telegraph said.
Associates of the general declined to say whether the landlord had refused to renew his lease or if Pinochet had decided to move, the newspaper said.
Calls to Pinochet’s London lawyers seeking comment were not returned Monday.
Neighbors have complained that they were disturbed by the house being floodlit and by police with submachine guns on the grounds, the Telegraph said
A new home for Pinochet must be approved by a magistrate who set his bail conditions and by police.
Pinochet was arrested at a London hospital Oct. 16 last year while he was recovering from back surgery.
In the latest move in long legal battles, Pinochet’s lawyers have appealed an Oct. 8 ruling by a London magistriate that he can be extradited to Spain.
In signs of a possible way out, the Chilean government said Friday that Britain has agreed to order new medical checks, if Pinochet agrees, to decide whether he should be sent home on humanitarian grounds.
The former dictator has diabetes, uses a pacemaker and suffers from arthritis. Doctors say he suffered two mild strokes in September.
According to an official report by the civilian government that succeeded Pinochet, 3,197 people were killed or disappeared during his 1973-90 dictatorship.