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Pinochet's opponents call for medical evidence to be made public

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 22 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:204
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent

    British MPs and human rights campaigners were furious last week when the home secretary, Jack Straw, announced that he was “minded” to refuse to extradite the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to Spain on health grounds but refused to make the medical evidence public.

    Mr Straw told MPs that the decision was backed by the “unequivocal and unanimous” conclusions of three eminent medical specialists and a neuro—psychologist that General Pinochet was “unfit to stand trial and that no change to that position can …

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