Argentina: Pardons Overturned

April 28, 2010

In contrast with Spain, Argentina’s courts are putting an end to impunity. The New York Times reports:

The Supreme Court overturned pardons of a dictatorship-era president and economy minister on Tuesday, paving the way for them to be tried for kidnapping and extortion. Former President Jorge Videla, left, and his economy minister, José Martínez de Hoz, are accused of detaining Federico Gutheim, a textile merchant, and his son Miguel for five months in 1976 and 1977 to force them to settle a trade dispute. The court upheld a lower-court ruling that the pardons were unconstitutional.

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