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Fujimori Goes Down

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 7, 2009

See, it’s more than possible to prosecute one’s former leaders for war crimes and not have the country fall apart:

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.

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.

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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.

This trial and verdict is cleansing the wound. It’s needed before healing can truly begin.

One Response to “Fujimori Goes Down”

  1. jo6pac said

    Yes, this good news but it will never happen here. Sad

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