Pinochet on Trial: Timeline
Pinochet arrest and trial timeline.
22 September 1998
Pinochet arrives in London.
9 October 1998
Undergoes back surgery at the London Clinic near Harley Street.
14 October 1998
Magistrates court in Madrid contacts Metropolitan police via Interpol about Pinochet's presence in Britain. Provisional warrant issued.
16 October 1998
Pinochet arrested in his hospital bed.
19 October 1998
Chilean ambassador protests to Foreign Office.
21 October 1998
Tony Blair denies that Britain is acting for political reasons.
22 October 1998
Baroness Thatcher calls for Pinochet's immediate release. Second, more detailed, provisional arrest warrant issued.
25 October 1998
Group of Chilean immigrants in Sweden seek to have Pinochet charged with murder and kidnapping in Spain.
26 October 1998
New actions on Pinochet begin in Paris and Geneva.
27 October 1998
Britons are warned by the Foreign Office against travelling to Chile. A group of British-based Chilean exiles lodges a formal bid for him to be tried in Britain on torture charges.
28 October 1998
High Court rules that Pinochet's arrest was illegal. He remains in custody pending appeal to the House of Lords. Attorney-General John Morris refuses to give consent for him to be tried in Britain.
30 October 1998
Pinochet bailed on condition he remains under police guard at Grovelands psychiatric hospital in north London.
6 November 1998
Spain issues formal extradition request.
9 November 1998
11 November 1998
Request arrives on Jack Straw's desk.
25 November 1998
Law Lords allow extradition process.
1 December 1998
Pinochet retreats to luxury Wentworth estate.
9 December 1998
Jack Straw gives go-ahead for extradition bid.
11 December 1998
Pinochet appears in court.
12 December 1998
Chile cuts contacts with UK.
17 December 1998
Pinochet gets new hearing.
18 January 1999
Law Lords in London open rehearing of Pinochet case.
4 February 1999
Pinochet hearing closes.
24 March 1999
Pinochet arrest upheld, but most charges are discarded.
28 March 1999
Spanish Judge adds charges against Pinochet.
14 April 1999
Jack Straw issues a second authority to proceed with the application for extradition.
6 May 1999
Pinochet's lawyers challenge Straw's ruling.
4 June 1999
A British magistrate agrees to begin the extradition hearing on 27 September.
2 August 1999
Reports reveal that the Chilean government has been secretly negotiating with the Spanish to halt the extradition of Pinochet from Britain.
3 August 1999
Garzón demands an end to negotiations which could halt Pinochet's extradition.
4 September 1999
Chile formally asks Spain to accept arbitration in the Pinochet case.
14 September 1999
The Spanish government rejects an arbitration request from its Chilean counterpart.
21 September 1999
Britain turns down Chile's request to free Pinochet on humanitarian grounds.
27 September 1999
Trial opens for Pinochet in London with listing of 35 crimes.
30 September 1999
Formal extradition hearings close; Magistrate Bartle announces that he will give his verdict on 8 October.
8 October 1999
Magistrate Bartle verdict announced approving extradition.
14 October 1999
Chile makes representations to the Home Secretary suggesting that Pinochet's health has seriously deteriorated.
22 October 1999
Pinochet challenges the extradition order and a court is scheduled to hear his application for habeas corpus in March 2000.
5 January 2000
A panel of doctors appointed by the Home Secretary examines Pinochet.
11 January 2000
31 January 2000
Britain's High Court supports move to release Pinochet.
8 February 2000
Pinochet foes are granted appeal.
15 February 2000
British Court Orders disclosure of Pinochet's medical record.
16 February 2000
Confidential medical report leaked to newspapers in Chile and Spain.
2 March 2000
Pinochet set free
Defense presents case before Santiago Appeals Court
8 August 2000
Chilean Supreme Court strips Pinochet of immunity
1 December 2000
Judge Guzmán indicts Pinochet for Caravan of Death case
2 January 2001
Judge Guzmán orders new medical exams for Pinochet
30 January 2001
Pinochet under house arrest
1 February 2001
Pinochet Defense appeals indictment
8 March 2001
First Bench of Santiago Appeals Court decides to reduce charges against Pinochet
11 April 2001
Pinochet released on bail
9 July 2001
Santiago Appeals Court decides to suspend legal proceedings against Pinochet