WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND: IS FORMER CHILEAN LEADER GENERAL PINOCHET UNDER THE RADAR OF POETIC JUSTICE?

BY BINNEH S MINTEH

The case of former Chilean Dictator General Augusto Pinochet has once again hit the international media with more attention; this time in a different dimension. In 1998 the Pinochet conundrum took center stage in the media when he was arrested in London under an extradition request by Spain. Although the British Lord judges ruled that Pinochet could be extradited under the torture convention, he was released for medical and other reasons. Today, the 90-year-old general is under house arrest and charged with kidnapping, homicide, and torture committed between 1974 and 1977. Over 3,000 people were murdered and tortured during Pinochet’s tenure as the ruler of Chile. The country’s most recently elected female president Michelle Bachelet was among the thousands arrested and tortured under the former dictator. Although the General enjoys immunity as a former Head of State, the Chilean courts could constitutionally strip him of this. Many were convinced that Pinochet would be stripped of his immunity after a court ordered medical doctor found him fit to stand trial. Many of the tortured victims who are prominent lawyers and senior government figures under the current administration are also poised to see justice take its proper course. What does the Pinochet case portend? Is poetic justice taking its course? History has always taught us that what goes around comes around. A woman that was arrested, tortured and forced into exile by General Pinochet is the current president of Chile. This sends a message to all ruthless and arrogant leaders around the world that justice no matter how long it takes shall prevail. Oppressed citizens around the world must therefore never give up but keep hope alive and continue fighting for justice, human rights, and respect for the rule of law. You may also follow the link below for more on the former Dictator. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6100066.stm LONG LIVE THE CIVILIZED INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

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