Peru former President Alberto Fujimori, long accused of human rights abuses including an attack on leftist insurgents and the ordering of two massacres, will be sentenced on April 7. Fujimori says he has seen no evidence proving his guilt.
AFP - A verdict in the long-running human rights abuse trial of Peru's former president Alberto Fujimori has been set for Tuesday, April 7, judge Cesar San Martin announced Friday.
San Martin, who has overseen 160 court sessions in the 15-month trial, said that a fair judgement would be made.
"No one has pressured us and we won't allow anyone to do so," San Martin said. "We'll give the sentence we believe is fair."
Fujimori is accused of ordering two massacres that killed 25 people and designing a "dirty war" strategy to combat leftist insurgents including the Maoist Shining Path group and the Tupac Amaru guerrilla movement during his 1990-2000 presidency.
If convicted, the 70-year-old faces up to 30 years in prison.
Fujimori claimed Friday that prosecuters had not submitted any evidence that proved his guilt on human rights abuse charges.
Now in poor health, he is already serving a six-year prison term for abuse of power in an unrelated case.
Fujimori is the first democratically elected president in Latin America to be brought to trial for alleged human rights violations.
Date created : 2009-04-04