Pinochet: does death cheat justice?

Former dictator lived long life.

By David Puner
Published December 11, 2006 2:28PM (EST)

On Saturday, Gen. Augusto Pinochet Ugarte died after a short hospitalization which included a couple of operations after a heart attack. Irony: Pinochet actually had a heart. The former dictator, who lived his last six-plus years in near isolation, was 91. On Sept. 11, 1973, then commander in chief of the Chilean army, Pinochet led a bloody coup against the Marxist Chilean government and seized power from President Salvador Allende. For the first few months of Pinochet's rule, thousands of Allende supporters were jailed, tortured and executed. Pinochet continued to employ tyrannical techniques throughout his long reign. Here is a thorough (for two minutes) Sky News obituary.

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