Thatcher

NPR's Michael Goldfarb reports on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's call for release of former Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet is under police custody at a private London clinic, pending the outcome of a Spanish extradition request charging him with terrorism, torture and genocide. In a letter to the London Times newspaper, Thatcher said Pinochet had saved British lives during the 1982 Falklands war, when Chile supported Britain, and should be released from custody immediately. But a spokesman for Prime Minister Tony Blair says Thatcher's appeal will have no effect on the extradition process.

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