REACTION TO JACK STRAWÃŒS STATEMENT
Amnesty International has always stressed that the case
must be subject to a fair and proper legal process.
Pinochet has the right all legal mechanisms available,
including evidence about his fitness to face extradition.
However, Amnesty International is alarmed that Jack
Straw has indicated that he will make his decision on
extraditing Augusto Pinochet on the basis of secret
medical evidence, that has not been shown to other
parties in the proceedings, with no proper judicial
supervision. Other parties to the proceedings have been
invited by the Home Secretary to make representations
about evidence that they have not even been allowed to
The medical findings should have been subject to
judicial supervision in a transparent process in which
the prosecution should have been permitted to
participate. Amnesty International is discussing the
legal implications of the decision with its lawyers.
This case remains a ground-breaking international legal
precedent, due to the House of LordsÃ decision that
Pinochet and other former heads of state cannot claim
immunity if charged with crimes against humanity.