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Daily Focus: Argentine Judge Freezes Assets of Former President Carlos Menem

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An Argentine judge has ruled that former President and current Senator Carlos Menem used funds slotted for national security improvements to overpay government employees, and froze over 100 million pesos ($26.5 million) on his assets.

It is only the latest legal trouble for Menem, who in November 2008 was charged with authorizing the sale of rifles, anti-tank rockets and other weapons to Croatia and Ecuador between 1991 and 1995. Menem, president from 1989 to 1999, claims that the shipments were destined for Panama and Venezuela: legal sales given those nations’ peaceful status at the time.

In both cases, Menem faced little threat of jail time, given the arrest-immunity for current senators.

Tags: Argentina, Daily Focus, Menem
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