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Fujimori to go on trial for murder
Monday, December 10, 2007 : Former Peruvian president also facing charges of kidnapping and corruption.
Families of those who died during political
violence in Peru gathered in Lima [AFP]
The trial of Alberto Fujimori, the former Peruvian president, is set to begin with the ex-leader facing murder, kidnapping and corruption charges dating from his 1990-2000 rule. Prosecutors will say Fujimori ordered, or knew of, crimes which allegedly occurred when the government was fighting a "dirty war" against armed left-wing groups.
Monday's hearing is set to begin with allegations that Fujimori authorised the 1991 killings by security forces of 15 people at a party in Lima. He is also to face charges that he ordered the 1992 killings of nine university students and a professor and the kidnapping of a journalist.
A truth and reconciliation commission later found that none of the victims were connected to the 'Shining Path' - a Maoist group that carried out an armed campaign against the government.
The prosecution has called for a 30-year sentence and the payment of more than $33 million in damages.