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News :: International
09 Nov 2007
The Bachelet Worst Chilean Government of the last 20 years tried to escape from their errors.
The widow and five children of former President General. Augusto Pinochet was among 23 people indicted Thursday on charges related to U.S. bank accounts, exactly during the worst political moments of the Chilean government.
Those indicted also included at least four retired army generals -- Jorge Ballerino, Guillermo Garin, Juan Romero and Hector Letelier -- as well as lower-ranking officers, Pinochet's longtime secretary Monica Ananias and one of his attorneys, Ambrosio Rodriguez.
Former President Pinochet and his associates steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, insisting the sources of the bank accounts were legitimate savings and investments, plus donations Pinochet received.
President Bachelet said she would wait for the court's decision with calm. “No one in Chile is above the law”, but many of her collaborates and people from the government coalition have been involved on charges of corruption in public institutions with solid indications that they had participated in the misuse of fiscal funds, but they are still working for the government and free.
Many Chileans are bitter that the each time the president has to face with problems the figure of Augusto Pinochet appears, and people’s sufferings continue unsolved.

Viviana Matus

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