Lucía Hiriart

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Lucía Hiriart Rodríguez, in September 2007 at a ceremony in Inés de Suárez Square (Providencia, a municipality in Santiago) in support of Chilean military personnel accused of human rights offenses.
Lucía Hiriart Rodríguez and members of her family at the funeral of her husband Augusto Pinochet on 12 December 2006.

María Lucía Hiriart Rodríguez (born December 10, 1922), also known as Lucía Hiriart de Pinochet, is the widow of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. She was First Lady of Chile from 1973 to 1990.

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Hiriart was born into a wealthy family on 10 December 1922 in Antofagasta to Osvaldo Hiriart Corvalán, a lawyer and former Radical Party senator and former Interior Minister of president Juan Antonio Ríos; and Lucía Rodríguez Auda de Hiriart, of French descent.

Lucía Hiriart married Chilean army general Augusto Pinochet Ugarte on January 30, 1943. They had five children: three daughters (Inés Lucía, María Verónica, Jacqueline Marie) and two sons (Augusto Osvaldo and Marco Antonio).

In 2005 Hiriart was sued by the Chilean Internal Revenue Service ("Servicio de Impuestos Internos") over tax evasion totaling US$2.35 million and was arrested with son Marco Antonio a few months later. In October 2007, she was arrested again in the frame of the Riggs case, along with Pinochet's five children and 17 other persons (including two generals, one of his ex-lawyer and his ex-secretary) on charges of embezzlement and use of false passports. They are accused of having illegally transferred $27m (£13.2m) to foreign bank accounts during Pinochet's rule.[1][2]

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