Argentina's Menem found guilty of arms smuggling
AFPBUENOS AIRES--Former Argentine President Carlos Menem was convicted on Friday of orchestrating arms smuggling while in office.
March 10, 2013, 12:13 am TWN
The Appeals Court issued a guilty verdict against the 82-year-old Menem, who ruled from 1989-1999, and his then-defense minister, Oscar Camilion, for the smuggling of 6,500 tons of weapons and ammunition to Croatia and Ecuador.
Menem was not present in the courtroom, because of health problems. But his lawyer, Maximiliano Rusconi, said the former president planned to appeal what he called the “arbitrary” ruling.
Ten other defendants were also convicted Friday, including a former army colonel turned arms trafficker.