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Kissinger Won't Testify In French Probe of Ex- Chilean Leader

Tuesday, 29 May 2001 12:00 AM

French justice officials on Monday delivered a subpoena to a Paris hotel where the former Nixon-Ford secretary of state was staying on a private visit.

Kissinger was under no legal obligations to answer the summons. Reports say he declined because he had other obligations.

Kissinger's New York office did not return phone calls Tuesday seeking further comment.

French Judge Roget Le Loire is looking into allegations that five French citizens who disappeared in Chile during Pinochet's military regime were kidnapped and tortured.

A U.S. embassy official in Paris said, "We understand that the court is examining a period when Dr. Kissinger was an official of the U.S. government. We therefore believe the court should present its request through government channels to the Department of State."

Lawyer William Bourdon, who is representing the families of French citizens who disappeared during the Pinochet regime, wanted Kissinger's testimony because of alleged exchanges between U.S. and Chilean secret services that took place after the 1973 coup that brought Pinochet to power from 1973 until 1990.

Pinochet is currently under house arrest and awaiting trial in Chile.

He was indicted by a Chilean judge on homicide and kidnapping charges, including accusations that he was responsible for atrocities committed by the "Caravan of Death," a military group that executed 75 political prisoners after the coup in which Pinochet ousted President Salvador Allende.

Also on Monday, a Chilean court ordered Pinochet's fingerprints and mug shots to be registered like those of any crime suspect, overturning its previous ruling delaying the procedure.

Pinochet's supporters, who had won three delays so far, consider forcing him to be registered with police a symbolic, humiliating affront.

Shortly before the court announcement, Pinochet was treated for hypertension at Santiago's Military Hospital, according to a hospital official.

(C) CNSNews.com

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