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Augusto Pinochet: Will opened in Chile, revealing... nothing


Anger flares over the Pinochet regime.


Fabrice Coffrini

The final will and testament of Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was finally opened today, five years and four months after the leader's death, reported the Buenos Aires Herald. The will had no information about the millions of dollars Pinochet is said to have stolen from the Chilean state. The half-page document only stated his desire to change the administration of his assets from Oscar Aitken to his lawyer, Julia Hormazábal.

According to the Daily Mail, the will is said to have been prepared shortly before Pinochet's death in 2006 at age 91, and has remained sealed since then at his family's request. His oldest daughter, Lucia Pinochet, said the order to open her father's final testament was "political persecution." She also accused Chile's leaders of lacking the courage to call off the investigation.

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Attorney Alvaro Quintanilla, who represents the state, told the Associated Press he will now turn his attention to an earlier Pinochet will from 2000 that has also been sealed in an attempt to find the missing money.

Pinochet rose to power during a 1973 military coup, reported the Santiago Times. During his dictatorship, which lasted until 1990, 3,065 people were executed or made to disappear and there were 40,018 cases of political imprisonment and torture.