Peruvian court ratifies Fujimori's 25-year prison sentence

11:19, January 04, 2010      

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The First Penal Transitory Hall of the Peruvian Supreme Court of Justice ratified on Sunday the sentence of 25-year imprisonment against former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimory, for qualified homicide, killing and grave injuries.

The trial was carried by Judge of the Supreme Tribunal Duberli Rodriguez, as well as by judges Julio Biaggi, Elvia Barros, Roberto Barandiaran and Jose Neyra.

According to a statement of the Tribunal, by unanimity the judges ratified that Fujimori (1990-2000) was the "mediate author of the crimes of qualified homicide and grave injuries."

During the trial, the judges also determined that Fujimori has to pay 62,400 soles (22,285 U.S. dollars) to Marcelino Marcos Pablo Meza and Carmen Juana Marinos Figueroa, each, who are direct relatives of the victims.

Fujimori also has to pay 62,400 soles (22,285 dollars) to the relatives of other 21 victims.

However, Fujimori's lawyer, Cesar Nakazaki, considered that still they could win the "nullification of the sentence" and that "if Fujimori is to have justice, that justice must be found at another Judicial Power or at Constitutional Tribunal level."

This sentence is related to the cases of Barrios Altos (1991), La Canuta (1992) and the basements of the Intelligence Service of the Peruvian Army, according to a statement of the Image and Press Direction of the Judicial Power.

Fujimori was sentenced on April 7, 2009 by the Special Penal Court of the Supreme Court of Justice during a public trial of 16 months and 160 hearings.

Currently, the 71-year-old Fujimori is at the Special Operations Direction of the National Police, since he was extradited from Chile in September 2007 for two cases of human rights violation and five of corruption.

Source: Xinhua
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