The special Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court condemned Alberto Fujimori to 7 years and 6 months in prison after finding him guilty of crimes against the state which include: embezzlement and moral turpitude. This is due to the fact that in 2000 he took $15 million from the national treasury and gave it to his then presidential advisor Vladimiro Montesinos.
Also, the Court directed that he pay 3 million new soles ($1 million) in restitution to the State. Alberto Fujimori’s sentence will be completed on August 11, 2014.
The sentencing was on this Monday July, 20 and lasted an hour and a half. After the sentencing, the Ex-President announced that he would appeal on the basis that the sentence was invalid. Meanwhile, the prosecution indicated their approval of the sentence.
The Court also directed that the Supreme Prosecutor’s office use its resources to investigate where Fujimori obtained the other $15 million that he “returned” to the State after he had given it to Montesinos.
This last provision is due to the fact that Prosecutor Avelino Guillén was in favor of investigating the origin of the money that was given back to the State, because there could be more involved with this case.
While leaving the Court the Prosecutor announced: ” it turns out that the solidity and the strength of the sentence clearly demonstrates that Fujimori’s regime was carried out by a very significant act of corruption, in which ministers, upper-level military officials, and various vice-ministers all participated.”
Meanwhile defense attorney, César Nakasaki, argued again that the money was returned to the public purse, and therefore, such a strict sentence should not have been imposed by the Special Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court.
This is the third sentence for Fujimori. The first is for six years for ordering the illegal search of the house of Montesinos’ wife, from which he took dozens of videos, and the second is for 25 years for the massacres at Barrios Altos and La Cantuta.
Nevertheless the sentence of 25 years for the human rights cases, and this latest one for 7 years and 6 months for corruption, will be reviewed by another Supreme Court because Fujimori has appealed to nullify them.
In the appeal review, the Court can confirm the sentences, modify or annul them. If the latter were to occur, Fujimori would have to be tried again for these cases.