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September 10, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Gen. Lino Oviedo, the fugitive Paraguayan political boss who is suspected of ordering the assassination of his archrival in March, appears to spread strife wherever he goes. Five months after fleeing Paraguay for Argentina, Oviedo has become a divisive issue in Argentine politics and in South America's increasingly tense Mercosur trading bloc. He may also become a test case in a region trying to end a tradition of impunity for dictators, military strongmen and others of their ilk.
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December 20, 2004 | Hector Tobar and Andres D'Alessandro, Times Staff Writers
In the secret universe of Paraguayan conspiracy theory, strange things happen. A dead general sips cocktails in his mansion. A chauffeur drives the corpse of the vice president around town. And a prison inmate charged with murder cuts the deals that will make him the country's next president. The sinister rumors form at the dark vortex where power, corruption and violence meet in this country marooned in South America's impoverished heartland. And they revolve around a single man. Former Gen.
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NEWS
March 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A military court sentenced presidential candidate Gen. Lino Oviedo to 10 years in jail for leading an attempted coup in 1996 and ordered his dishonorable discharge from the army. Oviedo, the ruling Colorado Party's candidate in elections scheduled for May, was sentenced for "crimes against the order and security of the armed forces, and insubordination," according to a copy of the sentence. As the charges related to a coup attempt, the nation's Supreme Court of Justice has to give its final say.
WORLD
June 30, 2004 | Hector Tobar and Luis Maria Paredes, Special to The Times
Former Gen. Lino Oviedo, the charismatic strongman convicted of launching a failed 1996 coup and charged in the 1999 assassination of Paraguay's vice president, returned here Tuesday after five years in exile and was arrested a short time later. Oviedo, 61, arrived on a flight from the Brazilian border town of Foz do Iguacu and declared that he wanted to clear his name.
NEWS
January 24, 1998 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Paraguay's presidential campaign continues on its madcap course to the May election, the nation faces the very real possibility that the voters will elect as their next president a man who is now behind bars. Nothing seems strange anymore in the candidacy of former Gen. Lino Oviedo, a flamboyant populist known as "The Horseman" who was ousted as army commander for allegedly leading an attempted coup in 1996.
NEWS
May 11, 1998 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a troubled, occasionally bizarre presidential campaign in Latin America's most fragile democracy, early returns in Paraguayan elections Sunday gave the edge to the machine-style political party that has ruled this isolated nation for 50 years. Raul Cubas of the Colorado Party, a wealthy engineer and former finance minister, held an apparently solid lead of about 6 percentage points over former Sen.
NEWS
June 18, 2000 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the end, the Brazilian police found the Paraguayan general hiding in the bathroom of an eighth-floor apartment with a view of the muddy Parana River, the boundary marking the lawless border between Brazil and Paraguay. The general was alone. He had a .38-caliber revolver, 10 cellular phones, $3,000 in cash and a woman's wig in the bedroom. He had acquired a black mustache and looked younger and shaggier thanks to hair implants and a face lift by an Argentine plastic surgeon.
WORLD
December 20, 2004 | Hector Tobar and Andres D'Alessandro, Times Staff Writers
In the secret universe of Paraguayan conspiracy theory, strange things happen. A dead general sips cocktails in his mansion. A chauffeur drives the corpse of the vice president around town. And a prison inmate charged with murder cuts the deals that will make him the country's next president. The sinister rumors form at the dark vortex where power, corruption and violence meet in this country marooned in South America's impoverished heartland. And they revolve around a single man. Former Gen.
WORLD
June 30, 2004 | Hector Tobar and Luis Maria Paredes, Special to The Times
Former Gen. Lino Oviedo, the charismatic strongman convicted of launching a failed 1996 coup and charged in the 1999 assassination of Paraguay's vice president, returned here Tuesday after five years in exile and was arrested a short time later. Oviedo, 61, arrived on a flight from the Brazilian border town of Foz do Iguacu and declared that he wanted to clear his name.
NEWS
June 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Paraguayan army chief and failed coup leader Lino Oviedo was arrested by police in the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguazu near Paraguay, said Nelson Argana, Paraguay's defense minister. Oviedo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for an attempted coup in 1996 and is sought by Paraguayan courts on charges he plotted the killing of Vice President Luis Maria Argana--the defense minister's father--in March 1999. Oviedo fled Paraguay last year.
NEWS
June 18, 2000 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the end, the Brazilian police found the Paraguayan general hiding in the bathroom of an eighth-floor apartment with a view of the muddy Parana River, the boundary marking the lawless border between Brazil and Paraguay. The general was alone. He had a .38-caliber revolver, 10 cellular phones, $3,000 in cash and a woman's wig in the bedroom. He had acquired a black mustache and looked younger and shaggier thanks to hair implants and a face lift by an Argentine plastic surgeon.
NEWS
September 10, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Gen. Lino Oviedo, the fugitive Paraguayan political boss who is suspected of ordering the assassination of his archrival in March, appears to spread strife wherever he goes. Five months after fleeing Paraguay for Argentina, Oviedo has become a divisive issue in Argentine politics and in South America's increasingly tense Mercosur trading bloc. He may also become a test case in a region trying to end a tradition of impunity for dictators, military strongmen and others of their ilk.
NEWS
May 11, 1998 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a troubled, occasionally bizarre presidential campaign in Latin America's most fragile democracy, early returns in Paraguayan elections Sunday gave the edge to the machine-style political party that has ruled this isolated nation for 50 years. Raul Cubas of the Colorado Party, a wealthy engineer and former finance minister, held an apparently solid lead of about 6 percentage points over former Sen.
NEWS
March 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A military court sentenced presidential candidate Gen. Lino Oviedo to 10 years in jail for leading an attempted coup in 1996 and ordered his dishonorable discharge from the army. Oviedo, the ruling Colorado Party's candidate in elections scheduled for May, was sentenced for "crimes against the order and security of the armed forces, and insubordination," according to a copy of the sentence. As the charges related to a coup attempt, the nation's Supreme Court of Justice has to give its final say.
NEWS
January 24, 1998 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Paraguay's presidential campaign continues on its madcap course to the May election, the nation faces the very real possibility that the voters will elect as their next president a man who is now behind bars. Nothing seems strange anymore in the candidacy of former Gen. Lino Oviedo, a flamboyant populist known as "The Horseman" who was ousted as army commander for allegedly leading an attempted coup in 1996.
NEWS
August 20, 1998 | From Wire Reports
Paraguay's minister of industry and business, who is also the president's brother, resigned one day after the new head of state freed an ex-army chief convicted of leading a 1996 coup attempt. Raul Cubas' first official act after taking office Saturday was to release former army Gen. Lino Oviedo, who some in the ruling Colorado Party feared would seek revenge against those who put him in prison. Oviedo was the Colorado Party's original presidential nominee.
NEWS
September 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities were searching for two men suspected in the killing of Paraguay's former vice president who overpowered a guard and walked out the main entrance of Buenos Aires' police headquarters. Luis Alberto Rojas and Fidencio Vego Barrios, who were awaiting extradition to Paraguay, were arrested in Buenos Aires in February in connection with the March 23, 1999, assassination of Paraguayan Vice President Luis Maria Argana.
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