Saturday, 28 February 2009

Argentina: Civil Courts for Armed Forces

I've mentioned repeatedly that I'm in favour of civilian trials for military officials accused of human rights offences. In Argentina, this is becoming reality. This is good news for Argentina in general, since the armed forces have been delaying and protecting their own for too long now. But this article also points out why it's not bad news for the rank-and-file either:
For example, service members can now choose their own lawyer rather than being appointed one by the military. The measure also means troops are no longer subject to the death penalty and cannot be imprisoned for engaging in homosexual acts.

New judicial system for Argentina's armed forces (AP)

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