Former Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet's family was renting out its home El Melocoton (The Peach Tree) to ease a cash crisis caused by court cases against him, state television reported on Wednesday.
"We don't have the capacity to maintain it, but in any case it is not a castle or a mansion," Marco Antonio Pinochet, the eldest son, said in a documentary about the former army chief's illegally-obtained fortune of 24 million U.S. dollars.
Pinochet, 90, demanded kickbacks from weapon suppliers during his rule, according to the documentary, quoting Joep van den Nieuwenhuysen from a Dutch firm that sold Leopard tanks to Chile in 1988.
The Dutchman said his firm paid 1.5 million dollars to Oscar Aitken, Pinochet's chief administrator, as a bribe to make the sale happen.
In July 2004, a U.S. Senate investigation showed that the ex-leader had hidden between 4 million and 8 million dollars in secret accounts under false names, as well as the names of his family members and administrators, in the Washington-based Riggs Bank.
Pinochet's family smuggled the cash into the United States between 1998 and 2000 while he was imprisoned in Britain due to accusations of massive human rights violations.