COLOMBIA: Collared by the Cops

By tradition, the life story of the Latin American dictator goes something like this: win power, steal, flee (aided by the hallowed tradition of "political asylum"), spend and enjoy. The story almost never includes: return home, face the music. Last week, in a startling change in the familiar pattern, the democratic government of Colombia stood up to a brazen former strongman and made him answer for his actions.

From his exile in the Canary Islands, ex-Dictator Gustavo Rojas Pinilla had flown home to Bogota, gambling that the fledgling government would never dare...

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