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Pinochet Plane Arrives in Britain

January 30, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ A Chilean air force place sent to fetch Gen. Augusto Pinochet has landed at an air force base northwest of London, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.

The Boeing 707 arrived Saturday at Brize Norton, some 20 miles outside London. The plane came from Bermuda, where it had waited for two weeks while legal wrangling continued over the fate of the 84-year-old former dictator who Spain wants extradited to face charges of human rights abuses during his 1973-1990 rule.

The plane could still have a long wait.

A High Court judge is due to rule Monday on a Belgian challenge to a report by four British doctors that Pinochet is unfit to stand trial.

Meanwhile in Madrid, Spain, about 100 people, some carrying plastic foam coffins, cardboard crosses and photos of dead loves ones, rallied for Pinochet’s extradition.

Besides Spain, lawyers in Belgium, France and Switzerland are seeking to extradite Pinochet.

Pinochet was arrested in October 1998 during one of what had been regular visits to Britain. He remains under police guard at a rented mansion at Wentworth, west of London.

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