The arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in October 1998 was a wake-up call to tyrants everywhere. The two subsequent rulings by the British House of Lords rejecting his claim of immunity forged legal history. This book traces the legal proceedings in the Pinochet case from the investigation in Spain, through the October 1999 ruling by a London Magistrate that Pinochet could be extradited to Spain, to the final decision to release Pinochet for health reasons. By including the full text of the British judicial decisions as well as the arrest warrants, translations of the key Spanish court rulings, excerpts from the legal arguments put forward by all sides, and commentaries by participants in the case and legal scholars, this volume gives the reader an understanding of the factual, political, and legal context of this historic prosecution.
Reed Brody is Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW). He directed HRW’s intervention in the Pinochet case in the House of Lords and coordinates the prosecution against Hissein Habre in Senegal. Together with Michael Ratner, he teaches a course on accountability for human rights violations at Columbia University School of Law.
Michael Ratner is vice-president of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. He has litigated numerous cases in the US against major international human rights violators that have expanded the reach of customary international law and resulted in millions of dollars in judgments for abuse victims. Currently he is Skelly Wright Fellow at Yale Law School where he teaches international human rights litigation.