Thursday, 16 October 2008

Argentina: Menem Trial Begins...

...but the accused is not present. His lawyers say he is too ill to attend the trial. Menem could theoretically be sentenced to up to 12 years in jail, but he cannot be actually imprisoned until his term as a senator ends in 2014. He's already 78. I won't be holding my breath waiting to see him behind bars any time soon (although you never know; it happened to Videla), but I maintain my usual position that seeing these former untouchables in front of a judge is still a positive thing.

Menem arms-smuggling trial opens (BBC)

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