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Augusto Pinochet 'amassed $21m fortune'

Chile's late dictator Augusto Pinochet amassed a fortune of 21 million US dollars, of which less than 10% is justified by his military salary, a report has claimed.

That's the conclusion of a University of Chile study ordered by the country's Supreme Court to support an investigation into allegations of illegal enrichment.

Lawyers for dictatorship victims said the study supports allegations Pinochet took bribes or commissions from weapons sales.

The government began probing Pinochet's wealth in 2004 after secret US bank accounts were discovered. For this and for human rights violations, Pinochet was under house arrest when he died in 2006.


From Belfast Telegraph