COLOMBIA: Guilty Dictator

Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, the ex-strongman who regarded his country as his own private cooky jar, finally got his just desert. By a vote of 62-4 and 65-1, the Colombian Senate convicted Rojas of "overstepping his authority" and of "using the office of President to increase, in an unlawful form, his assets and those of others." It was the first time a Colombian ex-President faced the music since 1867, when General Tomás Cipriano de Mosquera was convicted of setting up a monopoly on the sale of salt.

The government had taken eight weeks to lay its case, with an endless parade...

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