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Fujimori’s defense considers taking cases to international courts

October 11th, 2009 · No Comments

In light of his sentences, the defense team of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori currently considers presenting his case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the International Court in The Hague.  Fujimori was condemned in Peru for human rights violations and corruption in four trials over the last two years, following his extradition from Chile.

His head lawyer, César Nakazaki, insisted that the magistrates who condemned him were not impartial in their judgments and merely sought to condemn him in each of his trials.  “This is a man who has done a lot for Peru and who faced very difficult circumstances to get Peru out of where it was, and now he is having to answer for everything though that doesn’t make him guilty of everything. He will not die in prison, that wouldn’t be fair,” he said.

Fujimori has been convicted four times.  His highest sentence is for 25 years in prison for the murder of 25 people in two secret intelligence missions carried out by the military group Colina during Peru’s internal armed conflict with the subversive group Shining Path.  The other three sentences were for less than seven years in prison and corresponded to charges for corruption and deviation of public funds for the payment of US $15 million to his former intelligence advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos, and for illegally bribing congress members and the media.  In these last cases, Fujimori declared guilty, though he disagreed with the sentences issued.  

Challenging these sentences in international courts is the final phase of Nakazaki’s defense.  “The Court in The Hague is always a possibility,” he said, adding that this would mean a greater cost that the Fujimori family may not be able to assume.

Nakazaki believes that the Judicial Power has applied the full force of criminal law against Fujimori.  “[The law applied] does not seek to justice but to annihilate ‘fujimorismo’ [the pro-Fujimori political grouping] as a political movement,” he claimed.

Nakazaki said that this would result in a “legal battle” and asserted that requests for nullification had been presented in the trials.  Additionally, he stated that they would try to petition a writ of habeas corpus against all the guilty sentences before the Constitutional Court.

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