Pinochet's opponents call for medical evidence to be made public
- By: Clare Dyer
British MPs and human rights campaigners were furious last week when the home secretary, Jack Straw, announced that he was “minded” to refuse to extradite the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to Spain on health grounds but refused to make the medical evidence public.
Mr Straw told MPs that the decision was backed by the “unequivocal and unanimous” conclusions of three eminent medical specialists and a neuropsychologist that General Pinochet was “unfit to stand trial and that no change to that position can be expected.”
Professor Sir John Grimley Evans of Oxford University, a geratologist and a member of the examining team, said that Mr Straw's presentation of the team's report was “entirely accurate.” He was quoted in the Observer as denying that he and his colleagues had reached any conclusions on the general's fitness to stand trial, but Professor Grimley Evans took exception to the newspaper report. After publication