Argentina’s Menem acquitted of arms smuggling

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) – Former Argentine  President Carlos Menem was acquitted yesterday of smuggling  arms to Croatia and Ecuador in the 1990s during a 10-year  presidency remembered for free-market reforms and corruption.

Menem, now a frail, 81-year-old senator, smiled as a judge  read out the “not guilty” verdicts on him and 17 others,  including his former brother-in-law and presidential advisor,  Emir Yoma.

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