Pinochet case: Amnesty International renews request for judicial review
The new hearing, scheduled for Monday 7 February, will be heard by the
Divisional Court composed of two or three judges. It will provide an
opportunity for further scrutiny of the arguments presented by the human
'We want to ensure that any decision relating to Augusto Pinochet's
state of health is made according to international standard of fairness and
that it is free from political interference. The lack of transparency that
has characterized this stage of the extradition process raises doubts about
its fairness and about whether the right decision will be made.'
'Since the health of Augusto Pinochet has been put in issue in the
extradition proceedings, fairness requires that the interested parties,
including the states requesting extradition, be given the opportunity to
review the existing medical report and obtain another examination.'
Amnesty International and the other human rights organisations wish to
highlight the interest of the victims and survivors of crimes against
humanity in a just process. The human rights organisations' intervention
would complement the case presented by Belgium, the only one of the four
prosecuting states seeking judicial review.
Amnesty International is also reiterating its appeal to the Spanish
authorities to transmit to the UK authorities the request made by judge
Garz¤n to exhaust all available legal actions relevant to the extradition
process. The Spanish authorities have so far blocked such initiatives by
the Spanish judiciary.
The new request for judicial review will be presented by Amnesty
International, the Association of the Relatives of Detained and Disappeared
Persons in Chiles, Human Rights Watch, Justicia, the Medical Foundation for
the Care of the Victims of Torture, and Redress.