IF BRITIAN WILL DO NOTHING ABOUT PINOCHET THERE ARE OTHER COUNTRIES
THAT WANT HIM
March 3, 2000
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is disappointed to learn that
former Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet is flying home to freedom.
Authorities in Belgium, France, Spain and Switzerland, have all
requested Pinochet's extradition. Medical exams that found former
Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is suffering from
brain damage, which prompted, British Home Secretary Jack Straw
to deny Pinochet's extradition to Spain, and to put an end to the
house arrest of the former dictator. "The alleged brain damage suffered
by the former dictator also raises new questions about the possibility
of trying him in Chile, where he faces 58 criminal lawsuits for
human rights violations," stated McKinney.
Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon, points
out that Spanish law under no circumstances allows a defendant to
avoid criminal proceedings for reasons of physical health. Defendants
can be deemed unfit for trial in Spain only if they are suffering
from mental derangement and even then, the trial can resume after
the defendant has recovered.
Under the United Nations Convention
Against Torture, as upheld by the House of Lords in March 1999,
the United Kingdom has the responsibility to prosecute Pinochet
for crimes of torture and conspiracy to torture if his extradition
is denied. "There are other countries that want General Pinochet,
and if Britain will do anything, then they should get their chance
at him on behalf of their citizens," concluded McKinney.