Thursday, April 9, 2009

Fujimori Convicted of Crimes Against Humanity

Peruvian gov't hails Fujimori sentence

Xinhua — Peru's Prime Minister Yehude Simon on Tuesday applauded the sentence of Former President Alberto Fujimori for human rights abuses.
"It shows that Peru's courts are completely autonomous and thatthey do not let themselves be swayed" by any outside forces, and "they have acted as they should," he said.
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At Trial, Peru’s Fujimori Says He’s Innocent

N Y Times — Former President Alberto K. Fujimori of Peru defiantly defended himself in court on Wednesday against accusations of human rights abuses, saying that he was innocent of murder and kidnapping charges related to his government’s counterinsurgency tactics during a bloody period of guerrilla attacks in the early 1990s.
Mr. Fujimori took the stand in his own defense at his trial in Lima, Peru, now in its 15th month. He was seeking to convince a three-judge panel that he should not be held responsible for a dirty war that prosecutors said led to the deaths of 25 people by two military death squads, as well as the kidnappings of a businessman and a journalist.
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Peru's Fujimori accuses government of hypocrisy

Reuters — Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori on Friday wrapped up his defense in a 15-month trial by accusing the government of hypocrisy in prosecuting him and not other ex-leaders for alleged human rights crimes.
Speaking in a courtroom packed with photographers, his supporters and victims' relatives, Fujimori characterized the case against him as rumor and gossip, and said he was proud of his time as president in the 1990s.
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