Monday, October 30, 2006

Will Thatcher speak up for Pinochet this time...?

Lady Thatcher’s favourite tea-party chum, the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is reported to be under house arrest tonight on fresh charges in connection with the disappearances of political prisoners during his rule.

I wonder if the Iron Lady will be demanding release of her old friend, as she did last time he was arrested.

The odds of Maggie having much influence this time seem slim, however. The new charges stem from alleged torture at Villa Grimaldi, a secret detention centre where Michelle Bachelet, now president of Chile, once was detained, along with other political prisoners.


Anonymous said...


fairdealphil said...

anon (still):

sorry to wake you, but do you believe:

1. Pinochet is innocent of being a murderous dictator and torturer?

2. who cares, it's nowt to do with us?

3. any friend of Thatcher's is a friend of yours?

4. he's too old and frail to stand trial and account for his actions before the Chilean people?

4. something else?

Shamik Das said...

Pinochet was one of the most evil rulers of the last century.

This is a man who attached electrodes to the genitals of his political opponents - for him to claim he's too frail to attend court beggars belief.

I still can't belive we let him slip through our fingers.

fairdealphil said...


thanks for your comment.

good to see we're not all asleep!