Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Argentina: Menéndez Granted House Arrest

Major Argentine human rights abuser Luciano Benjamín Menéndez will be allowed to serve out the rest of his two life sentences at home. Menéndez, who is 81, doubtless expected to have been given house arrest when he was first sentenced last July, as is standard for the over-70s, but he got a nasty shock. Now a second court ruling has contradicted the first which sent him to a common jail. Considering the ages of the perpetrators, this may become an even bigger issue if there are many guilty verdicts after the ESMA trial, beginning in October. Should condemned criminals be forced into prison or will they be allowed to live out the rest of their lives in familiar, if restricted, surroundings?

Ahora podra afilar su cuchillo en casa* (Pagina/12)

*"Now he can sharpen his knife at home" and the main headline on today's front page is "Home Sweet Home"

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