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The Pinochet Affair: State Terrorism and Global Justice, by Roger Burbach

By Kristen Eichensehr


While most accounts of the prosecution of Augusto Pinochet focus on the undoubtedly dramatic progression of Pinochet\u27s case in the British courts, Roger Burbach takes a different tack, construing The Pinochet Affair to include the pre- and post-history surrounding the British proceedings. Burbach draws on his personal familiarity with Chile since the 1970s-he fled the country during Pinochet\u27s coup overthrowing Salvador Allende - and interviews with prominent figures in the Chilean human rights movement, judiciary, and political sphere. He constructs a picture of Augusto Pinochet as calculating his ascent to power, developing the necessary personality to order atrocities in pursuit of power, and using various tactics to avoid prosecution in Chile after his detention in London. Burbach tells a lucid story beginning with Pinochet\u27s early years and continuing through Pinochet\u27s recent evasion of Chilean courts. Burbach\u27s access to key players in Chile provides especially good insight into the Chilean attempts to prosecute Pinochet since his return from London

Topics: Human Rights Law, Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 2014
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