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Court expected to rule on Fujimori’s appeal by year’s end

December 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Following the tradition of previous years, the president of Peru’s Judicial Power will reassign all supreme court members before Jan. 5 of the new year, replacing them with new judges.  This rotation includes the Supreme Court’s Transitory Criminal Court presiding over former president Alberto Fujimori’s appeal of his 25-year prison sentence for human rights violations. 

Sources within the Judicial Power indicate that for this reason, members of the court have agreed to issue their verdict on the former president’s appeal before the end of the year.  However, there are various opinions on what the definitive ruling will be.

One informant claims that three of the five judges will uphold the sentence against Fujimori as it stands.  Yet another indicates that three judges are inclining toward reducing the sentence by at least three years, though keeping the charges.

Meanwhile, the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE), in charge of security for Fujimori’s specially made prison, issued special permission this week for family and friends of the former leader to visit him on Christmas Eve and New Years. 

No information has been given on whether music groups will also be given permission, as has happened on other occasions, such as the presence of “Los Iracundos” on Fujimori’s birthday.  This visit was largely criticized by the press, compelling Javier Velásquez Quesquén, president of Congress, to publicly affirm that the visit was made within the norms established by authorities.

The decision to be made by Peru’s Supreme Court on Fujimori’s appeal will be the final ruling on the human rights case.  For now, judges have denied giving interviews and commenting in order to concentrate on the impending decision.