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SA man held for trampling flag

2005-01-09 21:57

Buenos Aires - A South African, a Briton and an Australian remained in an Argentine jail on Friday for rubbishing a national flag put up outside the bar of an Argentine veteran from the Falklands war, media reports said.

David Fleming, 20, Benjamin Sargent, 28 and 28-year-old South African Darren Redden were held for desecrating the national flag and could face a four year prison term if found guilty by a court.

The tourists were said to have been drunk when they dragged the flag along the ground and threw it in a waste bin, in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in Argentina.

The three men had been drinking in a wine bar owned by Pablo Vina, who fought in the 1982 war when Briton ejected an Argentine force that invaded the remote South Atlantic islands.

The three arrived in the bar on Thursday night and had been drinking heavily, other clients told journalists.

They saw the flag hanging outside, opened a window to tear it down and then left and trampled it outside before throwing it in a bin. Other tourists called police who arrested the trio.

Investigating judge Maria Cristina Barrionuevo is to decide what action to take against the three, who were being held in a police jail in the city.