Jeremy Clarkson and the former Top Gear team could face three years in an Argentinian prison, after a judge reopened an investigation into their number plate stunt referencing the Falkland’s War.
The former BBC presenter – who is no stranger to controversy – sparked anger amongst Argentinian citizens last year when the crew filmed a Christmas special driving through their country on a 1,400 mile road trip in a Porsche with the number plate H982 FKL.
He was accused of provoking war veterans and the whole team were bombarded with attacks by angry locals while they were trying to flee the country. To try and stop the attacks, the car’s license plate was switched to H1 VAE – but they could now face charges of falsification.
A judge in the city of Ushuaia had originally quashed the attempts to charge Clarkson and co in April, but state prosecutors appealed the decision not to press ahead with a criminal investigation and last night the case was reactivated after three appeal judges sided with prosecutors.
The former presenting trio and former programme chiefs could now possibly face a worst case scenario of three years in prison and this decision could now mean they will be summoned back to the country to give evidence in the city they fled in October last year.
A Falkland war veteran – who filed the original complaint – has already been called to give evidence and an Argentine politician is also claiming that Hammond and May also caused outrage, by both referencing the number of casualties both sides suffered – although they were not the exact numbers.
It will be interesting to see how this all turns out…