Letter: Oppressive leaders should be brought to justice

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SHEILA CASSIDY, who was gruesomely tortured at the hands of General Pinochet's police, was right last week to reject the spurious argument circulated by vested interests that Buckingham Palace and Downing Street have entertained dictators and murderers as a matter of routine. Maintaining diplomatic relations with repressive regimes and cultivating them as friends are different things. What would the Tories say if North Korea's Kim Jong Il came to Britain for treatment and had tea with Tony Benn? The reaction would be different - not least because he had not been sanctioned by America, that purported upholder of democracy and freedom.


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