Fujimori Gets 25 Years For Death Squad Killings A special tribunal in Peru has convicted the country's former President Alberto Fujimori of murder and kidnapping. He was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for death squad killings and kidnappings.
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Fujimori Gets 25 Years For Death Squad Killings

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Fujimori Gets 25 Years For Death Squad Killings

Fujimori Gets 25 Years For Death Squad Killings

Fujimori Gets 25 Years For Death Squad Killings

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A special tribunal in Peru has convicted the country's former President Alberto Fujimori of murder and kidnapping. He was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for death squad killings and kidnappings.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

ARI SHAPIRO, host:

And I'm Ari Shapiro. Good morning. In Peru, a special tribunal has convicted former President Alberto Fujimori of death-squad activity during his 10-year rule in the 1990s. Fujimori's been sentenced to 25 years in prison. NPR's Juan Forero reports from Bogota, Colombia.

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JUAN FORERO: A court official in Peru's capital read off the names of those who died at the hands of a government death squad.

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FORERO: The court ruled that Fujimori was guilty of crimes against humanity. The three-judge tribunal then handed down what amounts to a life term for the 70-year-old, former leader.

The mild-mannered, university professor-turned wartime president was once a hero in Peru for smashing two leftist rebel groups. But his government collapsed in a corruption scandal in 2000, and he fled the country.

Dan Wilkinson is a Human Rights Watch official who was in Lima for what he said was a historic conviction.

Mr. DAN WILKINSON (Human Rights Watch): President Fujimori had near a complete control over the judiciary in Peru. And you know, now 10 years later, that same judiciary has carried out a trial and done a very exemplary job.

FORERO: Wilkinson said this is the first time that a former democratically elected head of state has been convicted of rights abuses in Latin America.

The court convicted Fujimori of the killings of 25 people, carried out by a military death squad he authorized. The court also convicted him in two kidnappings. He now faces trials on graft charges.

A poll showed most Peruvians agree with the verdict, but outside the court, hundreds of supporters scuffled with Fujimori's opponents. The former president is now counting on his daughter, congresswoman Keiko Fujimori. She's a front-runner in the 2011 presidential election. And she says she'll pardon her father if she wins.

Juan Forero, NPR News, Bogota.

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