Fujimori Sentenced to 6 Years

Former Peruvian president guilty of abusing power
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2007 2:58 AM CST
Former Peru's President Alberto Fujimori has been found guilty of abuse of power and sentenced to six years in prison (AP Photo/Peru's Justice Palace/Paco Medina)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison for abuse of power. He was convicted of ordering the theft of evidence of widespread political corruption collected by his former intelligence chief. Fujimori, 69, began a separate trial Monday on kidnapping and murder charges related to two death squad massacres of 25 people during a campaign against the left-wing Shining Path insurgency .

If convicted of those charges, he could face up to 30 years in prison. He faces two other trials for corruption. Fujimori, who was extradited from Chile earlier this year, is the first former Peruvian head of state convicted of crimes committed in office, the BBC reports. He plans to appeal.