Santiago (Chile): Lucia Pinochet, the 62-year-old daughter of the former dictator of Chile Augusto Pinochet, has asked the U.S. Government for political asylum after she was stopped by immigration officials at Dulles international airport in Washington. The petition by Ms Pinochet came after Chilean and Argentine authorities sought to arrest her for tax evasion. She is alleged to have helped her father hide an estimated $27 million in foreign bank accounts. Ms Pinochet fled Chile on Sunday, crossing the border by car and taking a flight from Buenos Aires to Brazil, continuing on to Washington. If her petition for asylum is rejected, the U.S. is expected to send her back to Buenos Aires, where she is likely to face an extradition request from Chilean authorities. -

Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004