While most accounts of the prosecution of Augusto Pinochet focus on
the undoubtedly dramatic progression of Pinochet's case in the British
courts, Roger Burbach takes a different tack, construing The Pinochet Affair
to include the pre- and post-history surrounding the British proceedings.
Burbach draws on his personal familiarity with Chile since the 1970s-he
fled the country during Pinochet's coup overthrowing Salvador Allende -
and interviews with prominent figures in the Chilean human rights
movement, judiciary, and political sphere. He constructs a picture of
Augusto Pinochet as calculating his ascent to power, developing the
necessary personality to order atrocities in pursuit of power, and using
various tactics to avoid prosecution in Chile after his detention in London.
Burbach tells a lucid story beginning with Pinochet's early years and
continuing through Pinochet's recent evasion of Chilean courts. Burbach's
access to key players in Chile provides especially good insight into the
Chilean attempts to prosecute Pinochet since his return from London.
"The Pinochet Affair: State Terrorism and Global Justice, by Roger Burbach,"
Yale Human Rights and Development Journal:
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol9/iss1/6