There has been an improvement in the condition of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The news comes from the medical team treating the 91-year-old at a military hospital in Santiago. Doctors have expressed optimism that the retired general, who was read the last rites on Sunday, could now recover from a heart attack.
At his birthday celebrations last month, Pinochet acknowledged what he called “political responsibility” for acts committed following the military coup that brought him to power in 1973.
Around 3,000 people were killed or “disappeared” during his rule. Some 28,000 were tortured. The ex-military leader still provokes strong reactions in Chile. He has been charged with crimes relating to alleged human rights abuses but never convicted or sentenced.