In the seven months since he was overthrown as El Salvador's president, diabetic, aging (60) General Salvador Castaneda Castro has occupied a cell in the capital's drab concrete Central Penitentiary. Cut off from his hair dye and face powder, the vain old man has watched his mane resume its whiteness, his complexion its Indian bronze. Guards passing his tidy cell peer in to see their model prisoner seated on an army cot, thumbing through his meager four-volume library as he awaits trial on charges of "colossal graft."

Last week, when court officials...

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