Nicaragua the Sandinista Way of Justice

A Managua court finds Hasenfus guilty as charged

The only drama was the delay. For days the People's Tribunal in Managua endlessly discussed a verdict, irritating the tired defendant, his lawyers and the impatient international press corps. And when the tribunal finally handed down its ruling in the case of Eugene Hasenfus late last week, there were no surprises. Since the opening of the trial on Oct. 20, the outcome had never been in doubt. Ample evidence, and Hasenfus' own admission, confirmed that the former Marine had been delivering weapons to the U.S.-backed contras when his C-123K cargo plane was downed over Nicaragua on Oct. 5. For that act,...

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