A military hospital in Santiago has confirmed that former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet has died, a week after suffering a heart attack. He was 91. A doctor said he was surrounded by his family when he died. The ruler of Chile from 1973 to 1990, Pinochet ordered many purges that saw 3,000 supporters of the previous regime, led by President Salvador Allende, killed.
Pinochet spent his old age fighting human rights, fraud and corruption charges. Although Chilean courts stripped him of his immunity from prosecution serveral times, he avoided trial, usually by pleading ill health. On his 91st birthday in late November, he issued a statement taking full responsibility for acts that took place under his rule. He said that he believed they were in Chile’s best interests.