LONDON (AP) -- Lawyers asking Britain's highest court to free former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet argued Tuesday that torture and hostage-taking are not international crimes.
"They are crimes that give rise to international concern, which is not the same thing," lawyer Clare Montgomery told a seven-judge panel in the House of Lords. "They are national crimes."Pinochet was arrested Oct. 16 in London at the request of a Spanish magistrate seeking his extradition on charges or murder, torture and kidnapping during his 17-year regime.
The warrant says Spaniards were among the victims slain after Pinochet overthrew elected Marxist Salvador Allende in 1973.
The 83-year-old general is claiming immunity from prosecution.
In the sixth day of a hearing to determine the legality of Pinochet's arrest, Montgomery argued that international crimes are always specifically cited as such and must be linked to armed conflict.
When asked by the judges to offer examples, she listed genocide and war crimes.