Visnews filmed ex-dictator, General Rojas Pinilla of Columbia, Jan 23 on trial before Congress, Bogota, on charges of misusing Presidential Power.
Visnews filmed ex-dictator, General Rojas Pinilla of Columbia, Jan 23 on trial before Congress, Bogota, on charges of misusing Presidential Power. He is the only Latin-American Dictator to return and face judgement.
Pinilla, overthrown May last year after a violent revolution, fled to Spain, and returned voluntarily early October. Arrested the following month.
The hearing was held in public before a joint session of Congress. Prosecution accused him of using his office for personal enrichment, in other words: embezzlement. Rojas contends the charges are libelous, that the trial is unconstitutional - illegal - immoral.
He demanded at one stage in the long hearing that the entire 4,000-page indictment be read in court as he was only familiar with fragments of it gleaned from newspapers. The Court denying the request said only essential parts would be read.
Sentence will be passed by the Senate. Only possible penalty is a loss of position, the right to vote....or hold political office.