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Zastrozzi

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Peru: Fujimori sentenced to 25 years for murder, kidnapping
« on: April 07, 2009, 08:26:08 PM »
The former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori was today convicted of kidnapping and murder and sentenced to 25 years in what was described as a landmark ruling for human rights cases in Latin America.
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A three-judge panel found the 70-year-old guilty of authorising a military death squad during the state's "dirty war" against Maoist rebels in the 1990s.

The 15-month trial, held at a special forces police base just outside the capital, Lima, was the first time a democratically elected Latin American leader had been tried on home soil for human rights abuses. ...

A university chancellor and political outsider who unexpectedly won power in 1990, Fujimori crushed a terrorist insurgency and tamed rampant inflation, paving the way for stability.

But corruption and murderous excesses marred his autocratic rule until his fall in 2000 when he fled to Japan, his parents' homeland, and faxed his resignation.

Fujimori attempted a political comeback in 2005 when he flew to Chile in the run-up to Peru's presidential election, only to be arrested and extradited in 2007. ...

The court convicted Fujimori of the deaths of 25 people in two massacres and the kidnapping of a businessman and a journalist.

The massacres were carried out by the Colina unit, consisting of specially trained military intelligence officers.

In the first, the unit used silencer-fitted guns to shoot 15 people at a chicken barbecue in Lima in 1991, mistaking them for guerrilla sympathisers.

The following year, it abducted and "disappeared" nine university students and a professor.
An encouraging development - as mentioned in the article, this case sets at least a symbolic precedent for other Latin American countries dealing with human-rights abuses by former leaders. And it's apt in a way that the process should begin with Fujimori, who personifies so well the "banality of evil."

On a less symbolic level, this is overdue justice for the victims of a regime that used a guerrilla uprising as an excuse to wage a one-sided war against its legitimate political opponents.

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Re: Peru: Fujimori sentenced to 25 years for murder, kidnapping
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009, 10:09:57 PM »
I was shocked and relieved to hear this news earlier. If only such justice was meted out for Pinochet. Still, as you say Zastrozzi, it makes for an incredible precedent.
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