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Ex-Peruvian president Fujimori jailed after first trial
Thursday, December 13, 2007 :Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday, at the conclusion of the first in a series of trials in which he faces charges of corruption, abuse of power and responsibility for death squad massacres as well as other human rights atrocities committed during his decade of rule that began in 1990.
The entire process is expected to last until next July and, when it is over, Fujimori, 69, could be sentenced to 30 years in prison. The trials mark the first time that a former Peruvian president has been prosecuted for crimes carried out under his rule.
The first trial involved one of the lesser crimes of which he is accused, which was committed in 2000, as his presidency was wracked by a series of corruption scandals that followed the rigged election that handed him a third term in office that year.
In this proceeding, conducted in closed session before a single judge, Fujimori was charged with ordering a military aide to masquerade as a prosecutor and carry out an illegal raid on the apartment belonging to the wife of the president’s key henchman, Vladimiro Montesinos.
Montesinos, who had fled the country just days before the raid, was Fujimori’s chief advisor as well as the de facto chief of Peru’s secret police apparatus. He had amassed a library of thousands of secretly filmed videotapes—popularly known as vladivideos—implicating Peruvian officials, politicians and businessmen in corruption scandals.Read More