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Fujimori in jail as he awaits trial

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Fujimori in jail as he awaits trial


It is not the kind of return home Alberto Fujimori had imagined – after landing at an air force base in the capital Lima, Peru’s disgraced ex-president was taken under armed guard to a cell where he will await trial. Extradited from neighbouring Chile following a Supreme Court ruling, the former leader faces charges of human rights abuses and corruption during his decade-long rule from 1990 to 2000. The 69-year old, who had once hoped to revive his political career, now faces up to 30 years in jail.

The Chilean court extradited Fujimori on half a dozen charges including the infamous Barrios Altos and La Cantuta massacres in the early 1990s, when Peru was at war with the brutal Maoist rebel group the Shining Path. Feelings about Fujimori remain divided in Peru, where he is seen by some as the man who stood up to the rebels and stabilised the economy but by others as a corrupt despot who robbed state funds.

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