The former president of Chile, Augusto Pinochet, is reported in stable, but serious, condition after suffering a heart attack. Pinochet, who's 91, ruled Chile with an iron hand for 17 years following a military coup in 1973.
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The former president of Chile, Augusto Pinochet, is reported in stable but serious condition this morning after suffering a heart attack over the weekend. The 91-year-old ruled Chile with an iron hand for 17 years after staging a military coup in 1973. His time in power was punctuated by numerous human rights abuses, including torture, kidnappings, and killings. His age and deteriorating physical condition allowed him to escape trial for these abuses with Chilean courts ruling out proceedings at least twice in recent years. Pinochet left office in 1990.
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