Pinochet case: fairness and transparency still in doubt
The human rights organisations will now consider the implications of
the ruling and possible courses of action.
'We took action in court in an effort to ensure that all decisions in
the extradition proceedings are reached in a fair and transparent manner,'
Amnesty International said. 'Throughout the proceedings we have called for
justice not politics.'
Amnesty International continues to call on the Home Secretary to
honour the requests made by the interested parties -- including Belgium,
France, Spain and Switzerland -- to allow them to nominate experts to carry
out another medical examination and to make the medical report available.
'Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done,' Amnesty
An application for permission to seek judicial review of Jack Straw's
latest actions in the Pinochet case was submitted on 25 January by lawyers
representing Amnesty International, the Association of the Relatives of
Detained and Disappeared Persons in Chile, Human Rights Watch, Justicia,
The Medical Foundation for the Care of the Victims of Torture, and Redress.
The court also denied Belgium, one of the four states requesting Augusto
Pinochet's extradition on charges of torture and 'disappearance' (which
amounts to torture for the relatives of the 'disappeared'), permission to
seek judicial review.
If the Home Secretary were to decide not to extradite Augusto Pinochet to
any of the four requesting states, then under the Convention against
Torture, he must refer the case to the prosecuting authorities for
investigation and possible prosecution.