Chile’s former military leader, Augusto Pinochet is being accused of having stashed away numerous gold bars in a Hong Kong Bank. The accusation has appeared in two of Chile’s leading newspapers. They claim that the Hong Kong authorities have found an account containing the gold, but so far the bank has not publicly confirmed the discovery.
The one time dictator is currently under investigation for tax evasion. Prosecution lawyer, Alfonzo Insulza: “ 9,000 kilos of gold ingots are being talked about, valued at around 126 million euros, let’s get these goods seized and let the investigation continue.”
But Pinochet’s defence lawyer, Pablo Rodriguez, has dismissed the newspapers’ allegations. He claimed to have spoken with Pinochet’s wife and one of his children and called the whole thing “simply ridiculous”. The Chilean courts have already stripped General Pinochet of the legal immunity he enjoyed as a former president in several cases, including alleged human rights abuses.
Last year he was charged with hiding money worth over 21 million euros in over 100 banks outside Chile.