Pinochet case: Letter asks for disclosure of medical reports,as new development adds to concerns on conduct of tests
As previously announced, the four organisations will also be
presenting a full submission to the Home Secretary by the deadline of 5 pm
on Tuesday 18th January.
According to the Observer -- a British Sunday newspaper -- one of the
four medical experts who examined Augusto Pinochet has effectively
questioned the accuracy of the statement by the UK Home Secretary last
Tuesday, 11 January.
Professor Sir John Grimley Evans is quoted as saying that himself and
the three other doctors who examined Pinochet on 5th January listed the
medical facts, but that the determination that he was unfit for trial was
outside their field of competence and responsibilities. He is also
reported as having said that Pinochet's chances for recovery were slim but
Jack Straw's statement on 11 January said that 'the unequivocal and
unanimous conclusion of the four medical experts was the he is at present
unfit to stand trial, and that no change to that position can be expected'.
This development adds to concerns already expressed in Spain and
elsewhere about the conduct and conclusions of Pinochet's medical
Amnesty International is following closely the developments as it
prepares its submission to Jack Straw.