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Former Peruvian president accused of despising court
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11:28, May 10, 2008

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Peruvian prosecutors accused on Friday former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, who is standing trial on charges of atrocities and human rights violations during his rule, of despising the court during his trial.

Ronald Gamarra, attorney for families of victims allegedly killed under the orders of Fujimori said Fujimori, who ruled Peru from 1990 to 2000, fell asleep, burst into laughter and even plots his political comeback during his trial.

Fujimori's conduct showed a "lack of respect" and unawareness of the gravity of the charges against him, the attorney said.

Prosecutor Jose Pelaez also said he has notified the court that "Fujimori is not paying attention to (witnesses') testimony."

Fujimori had a minute-long laughing fit during his trial when he heard his former military aides on the witness stand saying they used to spy on him through the keyhole.

The former president was extradited in September from Chile and he is now being held in a temporary jail on the outskirts of the Peruvian capital.

He will soon be jailed in a new exclusive prison in the police headquarters of Lima, police said. Fujimori could face up to 30 years in jail if convicted.

His supporters are planning to launch a new party and his daughter Keiko Fujimori is reportedly planning to seek the presidency.

Source: Xinhua

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