The scene is now set for further legal moves by former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet's legal team in the battle to ward off moves to extradite him to Spain, where he may have to face criminal proceedings. The High Court has given leave for Pinochet's lawyers to seek a writ of habeas corpus in the latest moves to free him and allow him to return to Chile. No date has yet been fixed for the hearing, but it is expected to take place early in the new year, unless further moves are taken to speed up the proceedings. An application is also thought to have been made to Home Secretary Jack Straw to let Pinochet go on the basis of his poor health. The general is represented by Michael Caplan of Kingsley Napley.