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Former President of Argentina, Carlos Menem, risks five years in prison for illegal arms trafficking.

Carlos Saul Menem

The lawyers of Argentina´s National Customs Administration  (ANA) asked the argentinian justice system to sentence Carlos Menem to five years in prison for allegedly being co-author of smuggling arms to Ecuador and Croatia , in an affaire occurred when he was president of the nation, fifteen years ago.

The request was made by the attorney Carlos Lobos Orono, speaking at the trial for the illegal sale of weapons on behalf of Customs ANA, acting as a prosecutor in the case. Next Tuesday will start the prosecutor Mariano Borinsky with his accusations on this case, ending on 28 December.

Penalty requests made by the Customs amounted also to former Defense Minister Oscar Camilion and the arms dealer Diego Palleros. ANA´s lawyers request a sentence up to five years in prison, foe being considered co-perpetrators of the crime of smuggling weapons.

In addition, Lobos Orono requested four years in prison for Emir Yoma, Menem’s brother-in-law, also required for his participation in the smuggling of weapons and also the same penalty against former Air Force chief Juan Paulik and Ambassador Enrique De la Torre, a former director of International Security of the argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The scandal over the illegal sale of arms to Ecuador and Croatia led Menem to prison for six months just a decade ago. He was then released by a change of cover provided by the Supreme Court’s Office. However, the investigation and trial on charges of smuggling, continued.