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Legal News
28 Jun 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Argentine federal judge Ariel Lijo on Friday charged [text, in Spanish] Amado Boudou with bribery and abusing his position in negotiations with the objective of obtaining benefits for himself and others. Boudou is accused of conducting business incompatible with Articles 256, 258 and 265 [text, in Spanish] of the … [read more]

Legal News
16 May 2014
by Max Slater

[JURIST] An appeals court in Argentina ruled Thursday that a controversial agreement between Argentina and Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center was unconstitutional. The two nations signed the agreement [JURIST report] in January 2013, which permitted Argentinian authorities to question the Iranian suspects … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] announced Wednesday that a 10 year old arms embargo against Somalia will not be fully restored after its expiration in March. In 2013, the security council voted to partially lift [Reuters report] the embargo, allowing the Somalian government to purchase small arms to … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal tribunal in Argentina has ruled that prosecutors cannot proceed with a case alleging former president Carlos Menem [official website, in Spanish] was involved in an explosion at a military weapons factory that destroyed much of the town Rio Tercero in 1995. Prosecutors argued that the explosion was … [read more]

Legal News
3 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Former Argentinian president Carlos Menem [official website, in Spanish] appeared in court on Monday for allegedly falsifying his 2000 tax returns. Prosecutors argue that Menem hid bank accounts [BBC report] worth millions of dollars, as well as various aircraft, properties and cars from the tax authorities. Despite having been … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Court of Cassation of Argentina, the highest criminal court, sentenced former Argentine President Carlos Menem [official websites] of selling illegal weapons to Croatia and Ecuador during his presidency. The now-Senator Menem pleaded innocence, claiming that the weapons were intended for Panama and Venezuela but were stolen and sold … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2010
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity during Argentina's "Dirty War" [JURIST news archive]. The Federal Court of Cordoba [official website, in Spanish] found Videla guilty [La Nacion report, in Spanish] of … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] An Argentine court on Friday commenced the trial of former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive], who is facing several human rights violations for his role in the nation's "Dirty War" [JURIST news archive]. Videla was tried and convicted in 1985 along with eight … [read more]

Legal News
4 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Former Argentine military junta leader Jorge Rafael Videla [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] was charged Monday with an additional 49 counts of murder, kidnapping, and torture for crimes allegedly committed during Argentina's "Dirty War" [JURIST news archive]. The charges are the latest in the ongoing investigation against Videla, … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] A German court in Nuremberg has issued an arrest warrant for Argentina's former de-facto president Jorge Videla for helping to cover up the death of a German citizen in 1978, at the height of the "Dirty War" [JURIST news archive]. The Bayern prosecutor [official website, in German] reopened [DW … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2009
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Former Argentine president Carlos Menem [official profile; BBC profile] was indicted by the Federal Court on Tuesday on corruption charges. Menem is charged [Buenos Aires Herald report] with overpaying government officials while he was in office from 1989 to 1999. Menem's well-known minister of economy, Domingo Cavallo [G30 profile], … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] An Argentine judge on Thursday charged [text, PDF, in Spanish] former president and current senator Carlos Menem [official profile; BBC profile] for allegedly covering up evidence related to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Menem, born in Argentina to Syrian immigrants, is accused of … [read more]

Legal News
29 Nov 2008
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] Former Argentine President Carlos Menem [official website] was formally charged Friday with illegally trafficking arms to Croatia and Ecuador, contrary to a 1991 UN embargo [text] against Croatia and a 1995 Organization of American States (OAS) ban on selling arms to Ecuador. Defense lawyers contend the then-president authorized legal … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Former Argentine president Carlos Menem [official website] failed to appear in a Buenos Aires court Thursday as he and other former officials went on trial on arms trafficking charges. The court excused Menem's absence after a defense lawyer presented a medical certificate indicating that the former president had been … [read more]

Legal News
23 May 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman filed a petition Thursday for the arrest of former Argentine President Carlos Menem [BBC backgrounder] and five others accused of covering up the possible involvement of businessman Alberto Jacinto Kanoore Edul in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. In 2004, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Apr 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] An Argentinean federal judge Wednesday declared amnesties granted to two members of Argentina's previous military dictatorship to be unconstitutional, saying the two men must serve out their life sentences in prison. Former military President Jorge Videla and former Navy chief Eduardo Massera [TrialWatch profiles] were convicted in 1985 of … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A federal judge in Argentina [JURIST news archive] Tuesday ruled unconstitutional a presidential pardon extended to Jorge Rafael Videla [Wikipedia profile], who prosecutors say led Argentina's military junta during the worst periods of the so-called "Dirty War" [Globalsecurity.org backgrounder] crackdown on dissidents between 1976 and 1983 that resulted in … [read more]

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