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Fujimori guilty of rights abuses
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 : Former Peruvian president found guilty of murder and kidnapping charges in Lima court.
Alberto Fujimori, the former president of Peru, has been found guilty on all charges of murder and kidnapping after a 15-month trial.
The former Peruvian leader was found guilty of ordering two massacres and two kidnappings that took place in the 1990s during the country's so-called dirty war against the Shining Path rebel group.
In a unanimous verdict comprising more than 600 pages, the panel of three judges read the verdict to a packed courtroom in the capital, Lima on Tuesday.
"The charges have been proved beyond all reasonable doubt," said Cesar San Martin, the chief judge.
It marks the first time a democratically elected Latin American leader has been found guilty of rights abuses.
Fujimori, who had repeatedly denied the charges, appeared calm in live televised pictures of the courtroom, listening intently as the verdict was read out and pausing frequently to take notes.
He is already serving a six-year prison sentence for abuse of power in an unrelated case.
The verdict related to two massacres, the first committed on November 3, 1991 when a group of armed and masked soldiers burst into a party in the Lima suburb of Barrios Altos, killing 15 people, including an eight-year-old boy.
Several months later, nine university students and their professor were rounded up by the same "La Colina" squad, taken to a deserted area of the city and executed with shots to the back of the head.Read More