For Immediate Release
Peru: Kelly Phenicie, Project Manager, Praxis: (511) 993.930.774
In the U.S. Riptide Communications (01) 212.260.5000; Lisa J. Laplante, Praxis (01) 414.467.0159
Peruvian Former President Fujimori to Appeal Landmark Conviction and Sentence for Crimes Against Humanity
With Landmark Sentence at Risk of being Overturned, Advocacy Group Discusses Possible Outcomes and Aims to Ensure Appeal Respects Due Process
LIMA, Peru - One
of the most significant rulings against a former head of state for rights
abuses is currently up for appeal. Having monitored the trial of former
president Alberto Fujimori for human rights violations, Praxis Institute for
Social Justice will continue its observation during the appeal set to take
place on Nov. 23. Fujimori’s conviction and 25-year prison sentence
issued last April 7 was hailed a landmark ruling by international human rights organizations.
Yet there is still a possibility for the ruling to be overturned. In the
approaching appeal, Peruvian Supreme Court judges could uphold the sentence,
reduce it or annul it completely, ordering the trial to begin again from
his extradition from Chile in September 2007, Fujimori has been convicted in
each of the four trial trials he faced, pleading guilty in three. His 25-year
sentence for rights abuses is by far the longest, marking the term he would
serve in Peru, where sentences are non-cumulative. If overturned, the former
president’s jail time could be drastically reduced. Fujimori’s
government has long been a dividing issue in the country. Additionally, the
polemic president’s daughter, Keiko Fujimori, is one of the leading
candidates for the presidential elections in 2011 and promises to free her
father if elected. Though hailed by the international community, the ruling
against Fujimori still risks being dissolved.
Institute for Social Justice relays its observations on its blog, Fujimori on
The blog can be consulted for more information on the trial and related issues.
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