Today in Latin American History
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison in 2009
Photo: Alberto Fujimori
Today in Latin American history, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces in 2009.
A panel of Judges of Peru’s Supreme Court convicted Fujimori on charges of human rights abuses, declaring that the “charges against him have been proven beyond all reasonable doubt”.
The panel found him guilty of ordering the Grupo Colina death squad to execute the November 1991 Barrios Altos massacre and the July 1992 La Cantuta Massacre, which resulted in the deaths of 25 people, and for taking part in the kidnappings of Peruvian journalist Gustavo Gorriti and businessman Samuel Dyer.
Fujimori’s conviction marked the first time in history that a democratically elected president had been tried and found guilty of human rights abuses in his own country.
Fujimori was already serving a six-year prison sentence for his December 2007 conviction on abuse of power charges. The trial for Fujimori’s human rights abuses lasted 15 months, and was postponed on multiple occasions due to his ill health.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Dom Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil, resigned and returned to his native Portugal to become King Dom Pedro IV in 1831
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Adrián Beltré who plays for the Texas Rangers was born in 1979
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan footballer Martín Cáceres who plays for the National team & Juventus F.C. was born in 1987