MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Eugene Hasenfus' lawyer criticized the Nicaraguan government for denying him access to his client before court proceedings began today against Hasenfus, an American who survived the shooting down of a plane ferrying supplies to contra rebels.
"Hasenfus is in a legally indefensible position because he has been unable to see his attorney or his family before the trial," Enrique Sotelo Borgen, Hasenfus' Nicaraguan attorney, said.
Rodrigo Reyes, justice minister in the leftist Sandinista government, said he would personally present the charge against Hasenfus--violating public order and security--during the proceeding in the Anti-Somocista People's Tribunal.
Supplies for Contras
Hasenfus, 45, of Marinette, Wis., was captured Oct. 6, a day after a C-123 cargo plane was shot down by Sandinista troops.