As a newshound I remember quite well the unfolding international drama caused by the attempts of Chilean citizens to bring the former dictator General Pinochet to trial for crimes against humanity. This film does a decent job in laying out and describing the complex set of events leading up to and involving this legal and political firestorm that ensued in Santiago, London, and Madrid over several years. We get to see both sides in action as the friends and foes used every legal argument at their disposal to win their case. On Pinochet's side, we see Lady Thatcher and big names in the British political establishment coming to his defense, while numerous friends of his victims publicly demonstrate for justice. What unfolds in the film is a clever retelling of the original story of a ruthlessly oppressive regime as it connects to the numerous cases that these ex-pat Chileans were trying to make before the world. What it all came down to in the end was that Pinochet, while ultimately avoiding prosecution, was exposed for the villain that he was. Like in the Milosevic case, Pinochet will go down in history as a man who was cruel, corrupt, and calculating in all his actions, even though there is no formal judgment rendered against him. Thanks to the persistent efforts of judges like Guzman, at least the outside world got see a nation coming to grips with its evil past. There is some satisfaction in knowing that the General, nearing death, admitted culpability for his role in numerous assassinations, mass executions, and money laundering.
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