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Fujimori gets six years for wiretapping and bribes

October 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments

 (Public Prosecutor José Peláez comments to local press on Fujimori’s final sentence. Photo: Praxis)

Supreme Court orders a US $8 million reparation to the state

Sentence marks the fourth and final trial against Fujimori

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the Special Criminal Court of the Supreme Court in Lima condemned former president Alberto Fujimori to six years in prison following his confession Monday to charges of wiretapping, bribing members of congress and the “purchase” of a television channel.

The Supreme Court ruled that Fujimori must pay a civil reparation of over 24 million Peruvian soles (US $8 million) to the state and 3 million soles ($30,000) to each of the wiretap victim.  Fujimori was also prohibited from holding any public office for two years.

The court determined that Fujimori is the author of crimes against public administration, corrupting public officials and violating the secret communications of 28 people.

In the sentence, the court sustained that Fujimori had illegally ‘purchased’ the Cable News Channel (CCN) and paid massive sums of money to then director of local newspaper Expreso, Eduardo Callmel del Solar, in order to ensure publicity for his reelection campaign.

The court further established that the former president planned and implemented ‘Plan Emilio’ in order to illegally listen in on the conversations of his political adversaries and opposition journalists.

Finally, the court found that Fujimori designed, planned and “carried forward [the bribing of congressmen] in order to obtain a majority in congress at any cost.”  The court asserted that Fujimori ordered then advisor Vladimiro Montesinos to recruit and give a monthly pay to congress members Roger Cáceres, María Huamán, Waldo Ríos, Jorge D’Acuña, Jorge Polack, Edilberto Canales, José Luna, and various others.  Some of these legislators were bribed to openly change parties, converting to Fujimori’s party, while others were paid to stay with their parties as “moles” and report on opposition movements.

“In order to make these crimes happen, Fujimori willfully gave massive sums of money from the military, implying the complicity of various commanding generals in the Armed Forces,” the verdict indicated.

Disagreement with sentence

Despite Fujimori acceptance of the charges brought against him, did not accept the sentence and stated that he would present a request for nullification to the corresponding judicial body.

Public Prosecutor, José Peláez Bardales, similarly appealed the sentence, insisting that at least seven years should have been given.

Now, the Supreme Court’s Transitory Criminal Court will have to decide whether to keep the sentence at six years or to increase, reduce or annul it.  In the case the sentence is annulled, a new trial would have to begin from scratch.

Fujimori has already been sentenced for the cases of illegal entry (condemned to six years in prison), the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta massacres (25 years) and the $15 million given to Montesinos (seven and a half years).

Following the reading of the sentence, the court president, César San Martin, stated that the regulations established for the four trials carried out against Fujimori complied with due process standards. 

The trials held to date addressed charges previously approved by Chile in Fujimori’s extradition process two years ago.

Having completed the four trials, there are no more remaining charges against Fujimori.  If the Peruvian Judicial Power begins new investigations of alleged crimes, these would have to be approved by Chile’s justice system before putting Fujimori back on trial.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bill Nottingham // Oct 2, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for keeping us up to date on the corruption of the presidential office and the attempt to achieve a measure of justice. Now, we recommend you give attention to the disproportionate and unjust prison terms given MRTA leaders in the Naval Base prison and Nancy Gilvonio Conde and others in Los Chorrillos and Castro Castro. Their opposition to the Fujimori regime has been fully justfiied.
    Abrazos.

  • 2 Bill Nottingham // Oct 2, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Moderation for what?

  • 3 K Smith // Oct 3, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I’m writing a paper on ethics and leadership and what really blows me away is that this guy has 44.5 years of prison sentences and this last one states that he is “prohibited from holding any public office for two years”! You’ve got to be kidding me, we should give him the chance to come back to power???

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