Iran-Contra affair: Colonel Oliver North, 45, was convicted of 3 out of 12 charges
relating to the USA's support for the Contra rebels in Nicaragua in the mid 1980's
(the three charges were 1) falsifying and destroying documents, 2) obstructing
Congress and 3) illegally receiving the gift of a security fence around his home
in Virginia.) He was a White House aide during this time.
received a suspended 3 year sentence, 1200 hours community service and a $150,000
service pension ($23,000 pa) was also suspended.
his summing up, the judge, Judge Gerhard Gesell, described North as a
subordinate who was carrying out the instructions of a few cynical superiors."
recognize that I made many mistakes that resulted in my conviction of serious
crimes... I grieve every day."
boss, National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, was sentenced to community service.