ARGENTINA: A Matter of Respect

Eight months ago, Radical Party Leader Ricardo Balbin was arrested by Peronista police on charges of being "disrespectful" to the President of the Republic. In Peronista eyes, the 46-year-old lawyer had added injury to insult when he dared run for governor of Buenos Aires Province against a Perón-backed candidate. After his arrest, Balbin boldly insisted on a trial, but one embarrassed judge after another managed to get the ticklish case off his docket; meanwhile, Balbin was shunted from jail to jail. Finally, an obscure La

Plata judge accepted it. Last week he handed down a verdict,* sentenced Balbin to five...

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