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Indictment Of A Dictator : The Extradition and Trial of Marcos Perez Jimenez - Judith Ewell

Indictment Of A Dictator

The Extradition and Trial of Marcos Perez Jimenez

Paperback Published: 1st December 1981
ISBN: 9781585440146
Number Of Pages: 216

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In 1963, after four years of hearings in this country, Venezuelan former president Marcos Pérez Jiménez was extradited from the United States to his homeland, where a five-year-long trial before that country's supreme court found him guilty of misusing Venezuela's wealth. This book outlines the early career and dictatorial government of Pérez Jiménez and the efforts of his rival and eventual successor, Rómulo Betancourt, to hold him legally responsible for his abuses of power.

Among the conclusions drawn from the case, Judith Ewell shows that the effort to hold a former dictator responsible for his crimes can help legitimize the new revolutionary government, that U.S. cooperation depends more on its foreign policy of the moment than on the merits of the legal case, that extradition of a former head of state always has political overtones in spite of the statutory crimes charged, that a long trial can unexpectedly portray the former dictator as a victim and revive his political popularity, and that the former dictator's eventual return to power depends more on his own tenacity, political acumen, and will than on the nature of the crimes he committed or the skill of his opposition.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
In the Shadow of Gomez: The Early Careers of Romulo Betancourt and Marcos Perez Jimenezp. 3
The Rise and Fall of the New National Ideal, 1945-1958p. 21
From the Streets to the Courts: The First Punitive Actions against Perez Jimenezp. 42
The Extradition Hearings, July, 1959-December, 1960: The Venezuelan Case against Perez Jimenezp. 61
The Extradition Hearings, January, 1961-August, 1963: Perez Jimenez's Defense and Appealsp. 80
The Nonpartisan Politicians Again: Perez Jimenez's Apologia and the Election of 1963p. 102
The Supreme Court Trial of Perez Jimenez: An Uncommon Proceedingp. 123
Politics and Perezjimenistas in the 1960s and 1970sp. 147
Conclusionsp. 167
Appendixesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 196
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ISBN: 9781585440146
ISBN-10: 1585440140
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st December 1981
Publisher: TEXAS A & M UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.04 x 15.39  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36