A Spanish court has convicted a former Argentine naval officer of crimes against humanity, terrorism and torture under the former Argentine military government and sentenced him to 640 years in prison -- effectively jailing him for the rest of his life.In case you missed it I'll clear it up in one sentence; it seems that in Spain a person sentenced to 640 years in prison can fulfill his sentence by served 30 years behind bars.
Human rights organizations hailed the case against Adolfo Scilingo, 58, the former officer, as a triumph for "universal justice," in which Spain, for the first time, tried and convicted a defendant for crimes against humanity committed in another country.
Scilingo showed no reaction as the 209-page verdict was read by the presiding judge of the three-judge panel at Spain's National Court in Madrid.
Scilingo can filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Spain. Under Spanish law, he would only serve 30 years in prison despite the length of the sentence.
Yikes. That's savage justice they got there. It's a new inquisition!
Anyways, I just wish that people served the time that the courts sentenced them too. The only reason that people serve less is because our politicians and our judicial system want people to believe that criminals are paying a much higher price than they really are. Why else are we bombarded with headlines about 10 and 20 year jail sentences when we know that the person will only serve a third of the sentence?
A false sense of security that's why.