Spanish Court Charges Menem's Sister-in-Law and Others with Drug and Money-Laundering Crimes

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Wednesday, January 1, 1992

On December 17, three major Madrid papers, El PaisEl Mundo, and El Sol reported that drug and money-laundering charges were filed against Ms. Amalia Yoma, the sister of President Carlos Saul Menem and his former appointment's secretary. Also charged were Ibrahim Al Ibrahim, her former husband, and Mario Caserta, a former Argentine Secretary of State for Hydraulic Affairs. Because the chargers concern activities during the time they were officials and on duty with the Menem Administration and because their extradition has been requested but rejected by Argentina, the case has potentially significant diplomatic impact.