BUENOS AIRES (Aug. 28)
Fernando Mantaras, Argentine anti-Semite who was convicted of having burned a wreath placed by Argentine Jews at the monument of Grau San Martin, national hero, in Santa Fe, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment.
Mantaras’ action occurred last February when the Jews laid the wreath to commemorate Argentina’s extension of de jure recognition to the state of Israel. Although the authorities of Santa Fe province condemned the act and Mantaras was indicted by a Grand Jury, he was later cleared and the case was dismissed. However, the public prosecutor appealed the decision to an appellate court in Santa Fe and was upheld.