02 October 2006

Pinochet's On His Uppers?

The story of the fascist dictator Auguesto Pinochet selling off his medals brought a rye smile to my face, Ireland OnLine reports:

"Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been selling some of the medals and diplomatic decorations he received in his political and military career to pay for personal expenses, a newspaper reported today.

Pinochet, 90, is facing economic difficulties because the judge investigating the source of his multi-million pound bank accounts abroad ordered his money frozen, El Mercurio reported.

Pinochet receives a monthly pension of about €4,170.

Judge Carlos Cerda, who is trying to determine the source of up to €22.4m the former dictator accumulated in secret bank accounts abroad, indicted Pinochet on tax evasion charges and ordered his money frozen while the probe develops.

Pinochet’s lawyers insist the money comes from savings, donations and investments.

Pinochet also faces charges of human rights violations during his 1973-1990 dictatorship but previous efforts to try him have failed as charges have been dropped on health grounds. Pinochet suffers from mild dementia produced by several strokes, among other health problems, according to doctors."

Of course, his former intelligence chief disagrees, and states that Pinochet got much of his fortune from Drug money.

Pinochet came to power in 1973 in a bloody coup d'etat, and his brutal regime was probably responsible for the death of over 3,000 and up to 100,000 tortured or detained in the 17 years of his dictatorship.

In 1998 Pinochet was arrested in Britain but escaped after much legal wrangling and his supposed “brain damage”, only to be miraculously cured once he arrived back in Chile, amazing.

So Pinochet eluded justice yet again thanks to jack Straw’s stupidity.

In 2004, Pinochet was stripped of his immunity.

In September 2006, there were reports that he might finally be put on trial.

However, I fear that the only justice Pinochet will find is in Hell, but we can all hope it comes swifter, and not soon enough for this victims of his crimes.


sackcloth and ashes said...

Mod, I hate to be a pedant, but shouldn't that be 'a wry' rather than 'rye' smile?

Good commentary, though, on a scumbag who is well past a trip down under (and I don't mean Oz).

ModernityBlog said...

yes I think it should, my poor old mind is going!