Opening of Pinochet’s Revised Will Does not Reveal Hidden Fortune

The revised last will and testament of Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, dictator of Chile from 1973-1990, did not reveal the heirs to the millions that he likely embezzled from the state, nor more information on bank accounts or assets.

A study from the Universidad de Chile has shown that only $3 million of the $21 million Pinochet had amassed by the time he died could be traced to his military salary. The Chilean government hoped for more information on how to recover those funds by opening the will Pinochet revised in 2005, but he only changed the executor. The State Defense Council lawyer, Álvaro Quintanilla, said that they would most likely move toward gaining access to the original will that was written in 2000, which they believe to contain more details about his assets.

Look for more from me in a few days on this topic and its place in the historical memory of the dictatorship.

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