Magazine article The Christian Century

Vatican Intervened in Pinochet Case

Magazine article The Christian Century

Vatican Intervened in Pinochet Case

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The Vatican confirmed February 19 that it has intervened with the British government on behalf of Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean dictator who is fighting extradition from England to Spain. "I can confirm that there has been a diplomatic intervention by the Holy See with the English government as declared yesterday in the House of Lords in London by Baroness Symons of Vernham, Dean of the Foreign Office," Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told reporters in the Vatican press office.

Navarro-Valls refused to disclose any details of the Vatican's message but noted that the Roman Catholic Church strongly supports the process of national reconciliation in Chile. Pinochet, 83, who led the military junta that overturned President Salvador Allende's leftist government in 1973, was arrested October 16 while undergoing medical treatment in London. Britain acted at the request Of a Spanish magistrate seeking his extradition on charges of murder, torture and hostage-taking of Spanish citizens in Chile.

Chile's government opposes a foreign trial for the former dictator, who is accused of being responsible for the deaths and disappearances of thousands of Chileans as well as citizens of other nations, including Spain and the U. …

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