Ex-president in prison.
EX-PRESIDENT IN PRISON. Former President Arnoldo Aleman spent a
sleepless morning in federal prison after police kicked down the door at
his ranch to transfer the former leader to a special cell outside the
capital, reports AP (March 20, 2004). In December, Aleman was given a
20-year sentence for fraud, misappropriation of public funds,
embezzlement and criminal association. But the former president, whose
term ended in 2002, had been placed under house arrest after lawyers
claimed he was too ill to go to prison. Judge Juana Mendez, who presided
over the former president's trial, threw out an injunction seeking
to keep Aleman from being transported to prison. Aleman's attorney
Mauricio Martinez condemned the transfer of his client and said the
decision would be appealed.