Attorneys for Gen. Augusto Pinochet told the House of Lords on Tuesday that Spain must prove that it is carrying out the will of the international community before the former Chilean dictator can be denied immunity and extradited.
The 83-year-old general was arrested Oct. 16 in London at the request of a Spanish magistrate seeking his extradition on charges of murder, torture and kidnapping. The warrant says Spaniards were among those slain after Pinochet took power in 1973.
"Spain must assert it is prosecuting an international crime under the rights of international law," attorney Clare Montgomery told the seven-judge panel in Britain's highest court, which must determine the legality of Pinochet's arrest.
Ms. Montgomery contended that when an outside nation tries to prosecute, it is acting under the laws of its own courts, not as a representative of the international community.