Eugene Hasenfus has been sentenced to thirty years in a Nicaraguan prison on the 15th November.
Hasenfus at sentencing:
Hasenfus hearing verdict:
Hasenfus saying he will appeal:
Various shots of Hasenfus at interviews saying he was guilty:
Shots of Sandinista television commercial using Hasenfus:
Shot of Hasenfus on Billboard:
Sally Hasenfus appeals for mercy:
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Background: NICARAGUA, MANAGUA
Eugene Hasenfus has been sentenced to thirty years in a Nicaraguan prison on the 15th November. As expected, the peoples tribunal which tried Hasenfus for smuggling arms to the Contras, found the American guilty and gave him the maximum penalty. Hasenfus showed no signs of emotion as the verdict was read and said only that he would appeal.
At a press conference following the sentencing, a tearful Sally Hasenfus asked Sandinistas to show her husband mercy. The Nicaraguan government may yet commute Hasenfus' sentence. Some Sandinista officials say the move would show the world that the revolutionary government is humane. Others have argued Hasenfus should be used as an example to dissuado others from aiding the Contras.
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