Top Gear number plate saga continues

Festive slot for Argentina Top Gear

Argentinian Falklands War veterans have confirmed that they have been told that a ruling over that controversial Top Gear number plate will be contested in a higher court.

Angered prosecutors have appealed against a judge's refusal to try Jeremy Clarkson and his co-hosts following the drama that unfolded when filming the Top Gear Christmas special in the country in 2014.

However, judge Maria Cristina Barrionuevo believes that the placement of the H982 FKL plate on Clarkson's Porsche was not an "unfortunate coincidence" but was in fact deliberately placed there to spark controversy, the Telegraph reports.

Osvaldo Hillard, a spokesman for the Malvinas Veterans Centre in Ushuaia, stated that a local prosecutor had promised the veterans an appeal that could lead to Clarkson being handed a custodial sentence.

"We do not share Judge Barrionuevo interpretation of events," he said.

"We believe the Top Gear people changed the number plates in the full knowledge that what they were doing was illegal."

Under Argentinian law, illegal number plate changes can result in a conviction for falsification, which comes with the possibility of a maximum three-year prison sentence.

Clarkson and Co are expected to have to return to southern Argentina for a court hearing once the appeal is heard by judges in Rio Grande, where the Porsche is thought to be in storage.

Executives for BBC Top Gear have consistently denied that the Porsche was bought for its number plate or that the plate was changed especially for the show.

Author: Harry Boucher