Soviet security troops convicted

  • 1999-11-11
  • By Benjamin Smith
RIGA - A Latvian court on Nov. 9 convicted 10 former soldiers for their role in resisting the fall of Soviet power.Riga Regional Court Judge Voldemars Zarins found the 10 men guilty of abuse of power and of attempting to overthrow the Latvian state. The ruling was primarily symbolic, because none of the former soldiers will serve jail time. The judge followed the prosecutor's recommendation to suspend the sentences of up to four years imprisonment based on the defendants' good behavior and the length of time since the crimes.The verdict marked another step in Latvia's attempts to find legal...
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