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England: The Extradition Case against Pinochet Ugarte

England: The Extradition Case against Pinochet Ugarte ENGLAND Tke adition Case against Pinochet Ugarte On 17 October 1998 during a visit to London former Chilean President Pinochet Ugarte was arrested at the request of the Spanish Government which sought to extradite him to Spain for crimes allegedly committed while in office. This was a remarkably controversial arrest given Pinochet's status as a former head of state and the fact that he had travelled to the UK on a diplomatic passport. The ensuing row has provoked strongly polarized opinions and an on-going debate between those who see the legal proceedings which have followed his arrest as a test case for the municipal enforcement of international human rights law and those who either supported Pinochet's regime or fear that the whole episode will badly damage the UK's diplomatic relations with Chile.] On 25 November 1998 the House of Lords overturned a decision of the Divisional Court which had granted Pinochet a judicial review of the arrest warrants on 28 October 1998. The House of Lords ruled that extradition proceedings could continue in respect of the extensive allegations levelled by Spain including torture and conspiracy to torture.' The controversy aroused by * Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

England: The Extradition Case against Pinochet Ugarte

European Public Law , Volume 5 (4) – Jan 21, 1999

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ENGLAND Tke adition Case against Pinochet Ugarte On 17 October 1998 during a visit to London former Chilean President Pinochet Ugarte was arrested at the request of the Spanish Government which sought to extradite him to Spain for crimes allegedly committed while in office. This was a remarkably controversial arrest given Pinochet's status as a former head of state and the fact that he had travelled to the UK on a diplomatic passport. The ensuing row has provoked strongly polarized opinions and an on-going debate between those who see the legal proceedings which have followed his arrest as a test case for the municipal enforcement of international human rights law and those who either supported Pinochet's regime or fear that the whole episode will badly damage the UK's diplomatic relations with Chile.] On 25 November 1998 the House of Lords overturned a decision of the Divisional Court which had granted Pinochet a judicial review of the arrest warrants on 28 October 1998. The House of Lords ruled that extradition proceedings could continue in respect of the extensive allegations levelled by Spain including torture and conspiracy to torture.' The controversy aroused by * Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh,

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Published: Jan 21, 1999

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